CNET: Microsoft sponsors new Web font standard

With a surprise boost from Microsoft, the promise of rich typography on the Web just got a big step closer to reality.

The software company’s involvement emerged Monday with sponsorship of a newer effort at the World Wide Web Consortium to standardize Web-based fonts with technology called the Web Open Font Format (WOFF). It’s a fresh indicator of Microsoft’s serious engagement with new Web standards–and it’s a big boost for designers’ attempts to stretch the Web beyond just the few typefaces that today can be expected to be already installed on people’s computers.

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