I thought Id share something weve been working on for months now.
It is a web font-embedding system which is based on W3C standards and
provides a secure, reliable way to use fonts whose files are hosted on
a global network of servers. When you buy a font license you will be
able to create embeddable fonts. Simply enter the URL(s) where the
font will be used and the languages to be supported, and the system
instantly generates a short block of CSS code. Paste the code into
your website, and you are ready to start using the font. You will not
work with actual font files, but with the CSS code linking to the font
files. For most browsers TTF subsets are used, for Internet Explorer,
fonts are converted to EOT format on the fly.
Part of the project was to define which glyphs all of our 100
supported languages exactly use. Say, I use our font 'Fedra Sans
Pro', with over 2,000 glyphs, which is over 500k. When you choose to
use English only, it will remove all the Greek, Cyrillic and Extended
Latin, OpenType features (besides the ones that are currently
supported by browsers) and make a font that is only 30k. Users can
define as many languages they want, but of course the size of the
font inflates with every additional language.