Why web fonts?
Web fonts have re-introduced typography as a powerful design element in the toolkit of front-end web developers. Improvements from effective use of typography range from better formatted tables to more usable forms — not to mention more pleasurable and accessible overall web experiences.
In designing for mobile devices, web fonts can be beneficial as a way to replace bandwidth hogging text-as-image files. Text images are more costly than font data to download and each image grabs the same digital “real estate” regardless of whether it can be scaled to fit a large or small screen. In contrast, font-rendered text is dynamically scalable and, on capable devices, more efficient than images. Moreover, text displayed with a font vs. an image is more accessible and findable because it can be “read” by screen readers, search engine robots, and other “machines.”
When did web fonts happen?
The ability to incorporate remote fonts in web pages was first specified in CSS2 and began to be promoted in 2007. With the successful deployment of font file encoding and import technologies that protect against unlawful downloading, the availability of licensed web fonts has become widespread. Happily, the new technology has inspired some font designers and license holders to make available both text and display fonts for free use in the public domain.
Stanford Signature Tests
Sabon (Monotype – licensed):
Crimson (Google – open source):