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Font Awesome is heavy

wizard

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Of course, all of use know about Font Awesome . It is an icon font which allows you to add images to your website. But recently, a lot of new images are being added to Font Awesome. That makes it heavy. A lot of icons are not needed in every project. That means you are carrying junk code making your site load slower. Which of course is bad SEO.

We’ve also fully converted to SVG icons instead of relying on a font icon. This is more efficient than shipping a giant and mostly unused icon font. Plus, it’s now much easier to switch any visible icon in Discourse with something else, even a completely custom one-off glyph that you created.
Popular open source software Discourse has taken a right step in this direction. They have dumped Font Awesome for custom SVG icons.
 
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Trinkets

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I guess that is what a lot of software is going to do. Too many icons is good for a collection, but not good for page loading.
 
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wizard

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Dave says almost a million sites use Font Awesome and you are likely to hit a cache.
 
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Trinkets

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Someone should do a loading speed test based on basic font awesome pack and the new one.
 
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wizard

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What is OS and browsers ship it by default. Considering its popularity, that won't be a difficult task.
 
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Trinkets

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That is not going to happen anytime soon. But if it does, that would be a great plus for Font Awesome users.
 
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wizard

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There are too many browsers that will require support. If Windows agrees to add it as a part of the core, that will be a great plus. There are too many linux distros to woo though.
 
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Trinkets

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They don't have to approach every Linux. If Ubuntu agrees, that is a large chunk of Linux users on board.
 
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