A jQuery plugin to use with the open ampersands library
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A jQuery plugin to make use of the gorgeous Open Source Ampersands library: http://opensourceampersands.com/

What does it do?

It's a little jQuery plugin that works on any jQuery object and wraps ampersands in a span for separate styling.

Why would I want to do that?

Ampersands are cool, but the default ampersands in many fonts are a bit lame. Having really nice ampersands can lift a design. Check out http://webofawesome.com for an example.


In your header, import jQuery and the ampersand plugin

<script src="/static/javascripts/jquery-1.6.min.js"></script>
<script src="/static/javascripts/ampersand_plugin.js"></script>

Now in your JavaScript, call ampersand on any element, eg:



You will notice that any ampersands are wrapped in span tags like so:

<span class="ampersand">&amp;</span>

Now you just need to style these up. Visit http://opensourceampersands.com/ and download the font face kit of your choosing. Pop the font on your server and in your CSS do something like:

@font-face {
    font-family: 'myfont';
    src: url('/path-to-font/myfont.eot');
    src: url('/path-to-font/myfont.eot?iefix') format('eot'),
         url('/path-to-font/myfont.woff') format('woff'),
         url('/path-to-font/myfont.ttf') format('truetype'),
         url('/path-to-font/myfont.svg#webfont0ZQvEa4G') format('svg');
    font-weight: normal;
    font-style: normal;

span.ampersand {
  font-family: myfont;

Obviously, replace path-to-font and myfont with the actual values.


In it's current form, it will replace any ampersand, including ones inside hyperlinks. I should really get round to fixing this...