One of the biggest challenges in meeting design needs when developing a web site is dealing with the lack of web-safe fonts. Sure, there’s been ways to work around this problem, such as using sIFR, which embeds a small flash video for EVERY LETTER that needs to be displayed in the non-web-safe font. As you could imagine, sIFR takes quite a toll on a site’s performance and speed, plus its painfully tedious to get setup from a development standpoint.
Well, for the past week the web development community has been buzzing about the new, viable solution to this problem. Google has started a directory of open-source fonts that can be embedded on any page. This library of fonts is likely to grow with time, as font designers continue to donate fonts to the cause. Not only does this solution work well with browsers dating back to IE 6, but having the font hosted by Google’s servers increases overall site performance. Not to mention how easy it is to include on a web page.
If you’d like to browse the font directory, you can find it here.