@font-face works in IE8 but not IE9

As described above, I have issues with @font-face not displaying in IE9 although it displays fine in every other browser including IE8 and under. Additionally, when viewing locally on my computer, IE9 does display the font, just not when fully live.

The site is:


The code used is:

    @font-face {
                font-family: 'LeagueGothicRegular';
                src: url('league_gothic_0-webfont.eot');
                src: local('League Gothic Regular'), url('league_gothic_0-webfont.woff') format('woff'), url('league_gothic_0-webfont.ttf') format('truetype'), url('league_gothic_0-webfont.svg#webfonta36nFpyE') format('svg');font-weight: normal;font-style: normal;

Anyone any ideas why this might be occurring?




I have found the following site that displays the same font ok in IE9, anyine any ideas how he did that?



No answer, just confirmation: I have a similar kind of problem. Font works in all other IE versions except IE9, both using IETester and original browser. When changing Document Mode (F12 dev tools) font works. Not how I'd like it though.

Update: With some trickery I managed to get it working. Seems like IE9 is using the .woff version of the font (which I had excluded) over the .eot that I thought it would. I used the @font-face generator from fontsquirrel to get all the different font variations and included them in my project, using the smileyface-local. Did not have to alter my .htaccess file. Now works fine and looks the same in all IE versions:

@font-face {
  font-family: "LucidaFax-bold";
  src: url("_font/LucidaFax-bold.eot");
  src: local("☺"),
  url("_font/LucidaFax-bold.woff") format("woff"),
  url("_font/LucidaFax-bold.ttf") format("truetype"),
  url("_font/LucidaFax-bold.svg#LucidaFax-bold") format("svg");

h1 { font-family: "LucidaFax-bold", serif;}

(I even got mad fresh using Mark "Tarquin" Wilton-Jones' text-shadow hack, applying same look to IE versions as rest of the browser world. Old school? Looks great! Was it worth it? Well, learned a lot. ;)

I have just had the very same problem with Web Fonts hosted on an IIS7 site, as suggested by Grillz the issue was down to MIME Types.

I have elected to use "application/octet-stream" based upon the answers to the Mime type for WOFF question.

  1. Open IIS and select the site that hosts the fonts (must be the same domain name for IE9 and Firefox)
  2. Double click "Mime Types"
  3. Click "Add..." in the top right hand corner.
  4. In "File name extension:" enter ".woff"
  5. In "MIME type:" enter "application/octet-stream"

Hope that saves someone 10 minutes in the future.

For us the trick was to just change the format on the .eot files we're serving up.

Works in IE6-9, Firefox 3-4, Chrome, Safari, Android, iPhone.

@font-face {
    font-family: 'Museo';
    src: url('/ui/museo300.eot?') format('eot'),
         url('/ui/museo300.ttf')  format('truetype')


@font-face {
    font-family: 'Museo';
    src: url('/ui/museo300.eot?') format('embedded-opentype'),
         url('/ui/museo300.ttf')  format('truetype')

My solution is to declare two different fonts:

@font-face {
    font-family: "Dereza bold";
    src: local("Dereza bold"), url("../../assets/otf/dereza_bold.otf") format("opentype"); 

@font-face {
    font-family: "IE Dereza bold";
    src: url("../../assets/eot/dereza_bold.eot");

And then:

.divclass {
  font-family: "Dereza bold", "IE Dereza bold";

Abalore +1

My solution:

@font-face {
    font-family: "OfficinaSansBookSCC";
    src: url('font/OfficinaSansBookSCC.eot'); 
    src: url('font/OfficinaSansBookSCC.eot') format('embedded-opentype'), 
         url( 'font/OfficinaSansBookSCC.ttf' ) format("truetype");

working in IE 7-9, chrome, opera, firefox.

first line needed for IE 9, second for IE 7-8.

Well since you've edited your post the below text won't be the answer. Are you pointing to the correct directory? Any chance of this being a mime type issue from the server?


This might be it:

It’s important to note that your site must render in documentMode 9 in order to take advantage of the new features included with IE9 (that includes all new features in IE9, not only the ones related to web fonts). If you haven’t heard of documentMode before, Microsoft has put together a guide which explains what it is and how you can use it on your site.

from http://blog.typekit.com/2010/09/03/typekit-adds-experimental-support-for-ie9/

In IE9 - F12 look at the debug screen see if there are any CSS3117 errors. See also: IE9 blocks download of cross-origin web font

Font Squirrel also provides a wonderful generator tool to help you create a font kit that will include the required formats, already-written CSS, and even a demo page to see how it's all used, along with help with problems you may encounter.

It was a breeze to incorporate its output into my site and it did fix the problem perfectly.

You should check out this blog post Paul Irish has a few things to say about the problems you are coming across and he comes up with what he calls a 'bulletproof' @font-face statement.


http://www.fontsquirrel.com uses this for its sample CSS which worked OK for the project I was working on.

@font-face {
    font-family: 'QuicksandBook';
    src: url('/Quicksand_Book-webfont.eot');
    src: url('/Quicksand_Book-webfont.eot?#iefix') format('embedded-opentype'),
         url('/Quicksand_Book-webfont.woff') format('woff'),
         url('/Quicksand_Book-webfont.ttf') format('truetype'),
         url('/Quicksand_Book-webfont.svg#QuicksandBook') format('svg');
    font-weight: normal;
    font-style: normal;

I had this problem. Turns out I was missing a comma in the font-family declaration.

I wanted to add yet another thing that could possibly go wrong in this scenario. IE9 has a rule that discards all @font-face declarations that can not be cached after the first load. IE9 will actually use the font correctly on the first display, but on subsequent refreshes, the @font-face will be disabled. I discovered this after closing my browser by chance, and then reopening it to find that my font was working mysteriously, only to stop working one refresh later.

To fix this, you simple need to make sure that the request serving your font has a Cache-Control response header of something other than no-cache. I would recommend setting it to max-age=3600. This will ensure your font is cached for an hour. IE9 will then be able to display your font consistently.

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