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So, fonts on the web.
As many from this community have seen, when fonts are used in @font-face, they can come out looking quite different on the various browsers and operating systems. As part of the Type Rendering project (along with Tim of Nice Web Type, Ethan of Fonthead, and Zoltan), I want to figure this issue out. I want custom type on the web to succeed.
At this point we’re ready to pin down and illustrate the aspects that contribute to poor rendering quality. But I need this community’s help in one key part: We need to select appropriate typefaces to use as baselines.
We think we need three typefaces:
1) A CFF OTF font, designed for the web, with hinting.
2) A TTF font, designed as TrueType, designed for the web, with hinting.
3) A more amateur font, maybe something random from Font Squirrel?
If we can acquire such typefaces, I, and the Type Rendering cadre, will put them through the paces — exploring how they render in all sorts of conditions. All our findings will be public, of course. We want everyone to win.
I look forward to your suggestions.