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Which webfonts are best suited to rendering small text across all browsers?

Hi Typophile,

After trying out TypeKit last year and deciding that it was a bit too bleeding-edge to be of use to me at that time, I've jumped back in with another investigation of the now numerous webfont vendors and services available online. I've checked out FontDeck, Typotheque, and WebType. So far I've been avoiding TypeKit because I prefer a not-javascript-dependant solution.

A major frustration for me is the seeming lack of information regarding which typefaces in a given library are technically suited to rendering small type across all browser platforms. I've basically been surfing these websites in IE6 with cleartype disabled (painful!) to get an idea of the worst-case-scenario for each typeface.

Two presentations on type at the Mix10 conference: Webtype and Kevlar

The Microsoft Mix10 conference that took place last week featured two presentations on typography (with videos and slides in various downloadable formats, including MP4):

  1. Jonathan Snook on Web typography. (Fun drinking game! Down a shot of cranberry juice or moral equivalent at every repeated mispronunciation, including “sã serif,” OS “eks,” and that old standby, “Hohfler.”)
  2. Kevin Larson on onscreen reading.