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A new effort to promote Web-based fonts has won the support of Google. Mozilla, Microsoft, Opera, and several type design firms already are on board.
The font company is releasing patented compression technology in an attempt to bring faster, nicer fonts to the Web, and Google is helping out the effort.
Adobe is getting with the Web program: PhoneGap maker Nitobi will give Adobe tools for building mobile sites with Web standards, and TypeKit brings Web font subscriptions.
Opera is building WOFF, the Web Open Font Format, into Opera 11.10, and is trying to encourage programmers to use it.
Better integration with browsers, touch-screen keyboards, and new processors mean Flash Player 10.2 gets long better with Android devices.
The Web standards group clarifies that its HTML5 logo really is just for HTML5. To tout your site's use of WOFF, SVG, and CSS, there are smaller, gray icons.
The social-networking giant has released an early version of a test to help developers get a handle on Web-based game performance.
Unable to resist a good marketing opportunity, the Web standards group is promoting itself and its new Web technology. What HTML5 actually means, though, remains vague.
One of the biggest font foundries is releasing a catalog of nearly 8,000 fonts for Web pages. The move will help designers add polish--and create a new revenue stream for the company.
After years of Web-font false starts, the new font technology is poised to spruce up the Web's words. Overall, it'll be a step forward.