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@font-face doesn't work in Shadow DOM

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I was building custom elements with Polymer the other day, and I thought it would be cool to include Font Awesome for some sweet icon goodness. Everything was going great, until I switched over to Chrome to check my work.

A screenshot of glyphs showing rectangles instead of the expected icons.
Something tells me this is not right...

I did some digging and manged to turn up this thread on the Polymer mailing list.

The Fix

I had a bit of an "aha moment" when I remembered that the Shadow DOM is encapsulating those styles in a shadow boundary. A workaround is to pull your @font-face rules out of the stylesheet for your element, and move them to the top of your import.

Note to readers: This is old Polymer code but the idea is essentially the same. Move your @ rules into the global scope instead of putting them in the Shadow DOM.

@font-face {
font-family: 'FontAwesome';
src: url('../fonts/fontawesome-webfont.eot?v=4.0.3');
src: url('../fonts/fontawesome-webfont.eot?#iefix&v=4.0.3') format('embedded-opentype'), url('../fonts/fontawesome-webfont.woff?v=4.0.3')
format('woff'), url('../fonts/fontawesome-webfont.ttf?v=4.0.3') format('truetype'), url('../fonts/fontawesome-webfont.svg?v=4.0.3#fontawesomeregular')
font-weight: normal;
font-style: normal;

<polymer-element name="semantic-ui-icon" noscript>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="./icon.css" />

I found this approach in the Polymer documentation, so I'm hoping it's considered a best practice. You'll also need to do this if you're using @-webkit-keyframes rules.

I hope that clears things up for some of you who may have been stuck. I know it took me a couple days to come up with this solution, so I thought it best to go ahead and post about it :)

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