I've been asked by a customer to match the font on mobiles to that on the desktop, I'm a bit out of touch with compatibility at the mo, but as far as i am aware if the browser cannot render the font then it chooses the next best thing.

Now, the customer is using '[expletus sans][1]' on the site, yet on mobiles it displays differently to the desktop version. This isn't apparent in dev tools you actually have to check on a mobile, so I cant check it with dev tools to see which font it is using. So:

  1. Is there a way to check which font is loading on mobiles accurately from a desktop/laptop
  2. Can anyone advise of a site where i can check browser compatibility with specific fonts
  3. Any idea how I can load this font on mobiles?

The site is can be found [here][2]

Thank you in advance D

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    If an answer provides a solution to your problem it's good etiquette, and good manners, to mark it as the correct answer. Commented Jul 24, 2017 at 15:45
  • @SethWarburton I hadn't come back to this one - oops, thanks for the prompt :)
    – Dtorr1981
    Commented Jul 25, 2017 at 0:21

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The issue is the the site is not loading Expletus Sans, so it's never used. Your template css includes:

body {
    font-family: 'Expletus Sans', cursive;

But, there is no @font-face declaration that actually loads that font, so the fallback specified is used instead. In this case the only fallback specified is a system cursive font which desktop OSs typically have but mobile OSs typically do not.

The solution is to use @font-face declarations in your css to actually load the webfont files (which I assume you have). I'd recommend the new bulletproof font-face syntax.

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