Adobe’s Thomas Phinney has launched two surveys, one for web designers/producers and one for vendors/foundries, in an effort to analyse the issues regarding how to improve fonts on the web. Its a complex area, technological issues aside, the most controversial aspects relate to licensing. Phiney’s post best explains the issues so I won’t go into them. I have previously posted about Democratising Typography and about Ellen Lupton’s efforts. Whatever the solution(s), it requires joined up thinking and mobilisation from both the design and typographic communities to ensure our agenda makes it to W3C and that any new guidelines or standards take cognisance of our views. It is much needed and it’s great to see that one of the big players are doing it.
Take the time to do the survey, every view counts.