There have recently been questions whether WMF is able to serve
webfonts. Some people think that because of the issues that led to
disabling webfonts by default in Universal Language Selector (ULS),
WMF is not ready to consider webfonts for typography.
I don't think that way. ULS is not a good comparison point because of
1) Universal Language selector is trying to solve a much harder issue
than what webfonts are usually used for. It is trying to avoid tofu
(missing fonts) which brings a whole list of issues which are not
present or are much smaller otherwise:
* large fonts for complex scripts,
* detecting which fonts are missing,
* many fonts per page,
* the systems with greatest need of fonts often have bad renderers.
2) WMF has a lot of experience working with web fonts by now. We know
how to handle different formats, how to optimally compress fonts and
how to check the results in different systems and browsers. In some
areas we are even ahead of Google, like non-latin fonts.
Thus, I think that delivering a relative small fonts for simple
scripts like latin and cyrillic is something that is possible *if* we
are willing to accept that it will take some bandwidth and that page
load experience can be affected* if the font is not cached or present
* The unwanted effects of using webfonts are getting smaller and
smaller with modern browsers.