HTML and CSS tips #12 "Icon fonts isn't the best method to markup graphical icons"

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I think icon fonts isn't the best method to markup graphical icons. The main disadvantage in my opinion, is that while icon font isn't loaded the user can't see icons. So you should to markup graphical icons using SVG to solve this problem.

Don't do it

<div class="icon">
  <i class="ti-crown"></i>
[class^="ti-"], [class*=" ti-"] {
  font-family: 'themify';

.icon {
  font-size: 25px;
  color: #868ca0;

You can use it instead

<svg class="icon" viewBox="0 0 56.7 56.7">
  <path d="..."/>
.icon {
  width: 25px;
  height: 25px;
  fill: #868ca0;

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I've always thinked that adding more markup to html page only for decoration purposes wasn't the good solution.

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