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Drew McLellan

Couldn’t you use a unicode range that excluded the ampersand with Arial, and list that before your ampersand font.

In theory, you could. That would mean scoping a range above and below the characters you wanted to exclude. Browsers don’t currently support multiple ranges properly, so each range would need its own @font-face rule to do so.

It works, but you end up with much more complex and hard to maintain rules.

Why not just use javascript to find all “&” and replace them with <span class=“ampersand”>&</span>?

Because ampersands are the example, not the end goal.