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I'm looking for a well known article site on site design which made an article about embedding just a single character (in this case, '&') from a font to save load times. I believe the site used fixed width, pale colours. Thanks

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One always dream about a search engine that can search on description like this. One that searches intention instead of keyword. – Nishant Feb 6 '11 at 10:04
You can't go too far wrong with A List Apart – sarnold Feb 6 '11 at 10:05

There was a 24Ways post titled Spruce it Up in 2009 in which the example was ultimately the encoding of a single ampersand.

For cross-reference, there was a previous SO question about this with some other links and considerations.

@Yi Jian's link doesn't involve encoding at all, just referencing a different font, though is also handy.

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Indeed, that does seem to be the technique the author is referring to. – Yi Jiang Feb 7 '11 at 12:43

I believe you may be referring to the Best Available Ampersand technique introduced by Dan Cederholm.

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