Typography for the web is on the roll.
Sites likeÂ fontsquirrel and fontspring offer loads of free and open-source embeddable fonts for hosting on your own server, and hosted solutions likeÂ typekit.com are partnering up with big type foundries like fontfont and veer.
The big foundries have been a bit slow in adapting their font licenses for this newfangled technology; after all, the MS-proprietary format .eot has only been around since IE5 or something.
Monotype, Linotype and ITC have recently joined forces in a service similar to Typekit called webfonts.fonts.com. This is great news, since beforementioned foundries holds classics like FrutigerÂ®, UniversÂ®, HelveticaÂ®, ITC Franklin Gothic and ITC Avant GardeÂ® to name a few…
I got my beta account invite to the service day before yesterday and have just started toying with it a bit. The UI is a bit lacking when compared to typekit, and many of the poster-name fonts mentioned on the site hasn’t been added yet. Font replacement looks snappy enough however. Think I need to play around a bit more with the service before I can give an honest opinion.