Jun 24 2009

Web Fonts Follow-Up

Since my last post on web fonts, a pair of new websites have launched related to the cause. One is proposing a big step forward, while the other is a nice resource.

Typekit from Small Batch Inc. aims "to develop a consistent web-only font linking license." According to their blog:

We've built a technology platform that lets us to host both free and commercial fonts in a way that is incredibly fast, smoothes out differences in how browsers handle type, and offers the level of protection that type designers need without resorting to annoying and ineffective DRM.

With a free version promised from the outset, it sounds like a great offering. However, the mentions of a "low-cost way to grow" and "scalable professional version" leaves me a little apprehensive. I'm not making any judgments until they launch the service, but facing recurring charges for the unforeseeable future doesn't sound like the best solution.

Next, The League of Moveable Type (no relation to the blogging platform) simply provides "well-made, free & open-source, @font-face ready fonts." The fonts are available under a Attribution Share Alike Creative Commons license for personal and commercial use. Most members just want to see what you do with their fonts, but a credit in your website's colophon couldn't hurt. The files themselves are either TTF or OTF—so, you'll just need to convert an EOT for Internet Explorer using WEFT.


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