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I don't know whether you have noticed or not but my site's typeface or font is not typical Arial or Tribuchet or Time New Roman. We often say these fonts are boring and has been around from the day one WWW emerged.
Last year in May, Google introduced the Google Font Directory, a collection of high quality open source web fonts, and the Google Font API to make them available to everybody on the web. They had an initial roll-out of 18 fonts and are frequently adding to that library. As of this post, there are currently 291 fonts.
As a web developer and passionate typography enthusiastic, this is an exciting service that Google is providing. If you’ve used Google Docs, you already have some experience with the use of the fonts.
No longer will sites need to be confined to the likes of Arial, Times New Roman, Georgia, et al. It should be noted that there’s nothing wrong with these fonts (except for Comic Sans). This service offers a library of wide-ranging types of fonts for designers to create without as many restrictions.Over the years Microsoft introduced WEFT tool, Bitstream had Web Font Player but all had their limitations. Now as a developer no one has to go through conversion or embedding process any more. Instead by using CSS these wide variety of fonts can be easily embedded to any website without any hassle.
The best part is that it is compatible wth these browsers:
There really is nothing holding a designer back from using the service. It is free to use and download. Google does suggest that if you download a font, that a small contribution be given — “as little as $0 and up to $100.” The reason for this is simple:
The Google Fonts team wants to create an incentive for font designers to offer high quality web fonts, free of charge, via the Google Font API. By paying for your font download, you’ll help support the font designers so that we may add additional web fonts in the future.