Font freedom is heading for the Web

Font flexibility is coming to the Web after Microsoft, Adobe and Agfa threw their weight behind a World Wide Web Consortium draft recommendation, the last step before ratification.

The proposal calls for an open standard that allows multiple fonts to be embedded in Web pages without licensing fees being paid.

"This is the key to solving some of the headaches Web designers currently face," said John Ludwig, VP of Microsoft's Internet client and collaboration division.

The standard would mean "customers will beable to create Web pages that can be viewed by the widest range of browsers from all vendors," said Sharon Wienbar, marketing director for Adobe's publishing division.