Typotheque offer web licenses
Good news everybody!
“The Typotheque Web Font Service enables you to use custom fonts in your website using the @font-face rule in CSS. Just add a line of code to your page and get it working in minutes. Simple, fast and standard-compliant.”
How does it differ from Typekit?
“since about 95% of the font information is removed, even if the file is pirated, it only contains 5% of the font”
Another difference to note is that unlike Typekit this is not a subscription service. You are paying a one-off license fee. You are also paying a monthly bandwidth fee. They do however provide the initial 500mb per-month for free, and then charge €1 per gigabyte after that. So not too shabby for a 20kb file. They host on Amazon’s cloud service which is safe to assume fairly reliable.
Why is this good news?
Well at the moment the whole web-font-license issue is cloudier than an English autumn. It’s great to see the Typotheque foundry leading the charge for clarity by making a stance with what they offer - and on the face of it, it looks like a very fair and value-for-money service. They don’t limit on usage across multiple domains either.
Let’s hope more foundries follow suit.