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The real objection, then, is that Google et al. aren’t charging people for the right to use crappy fonts.
I wonder if you could describe the software workflows of those who tried to reach Adobe Type's level quality at that time - what was yours was like?
Week after week, new fonts are added to Google Web Fonts, while the existing fonts don't get any better
[…]many existing fonts are also improved (things like manual hinting, bugfixes, ikerning, language extensions, more weights added, smaller file-size, glyphs redesigned, etc...) They don't get much publicity (only via googlefonts's twitter) but they are improved.
But i'd say that people working together, on any level, in general, is a good thing. Am i right?
"I still suspect that there's potential for making a good case for more widespread development of free fonts, and was disappointed that I felt your talk didn't do it."