In 1991 Microsoft added TrueType to Windows 3.1 and Apple added it to System 7. Both included nice TrueType versions of Times. But IMHO the real breakthrough for serifs on screen happened in the early 2000s when LCDs replaced CRTs and users moved to operating systems that used subpixel text rendering as the default. Georgia was a very functional typeface, as were earlier customized serifs like Courier and Times. But there’s a big difference between fonts needing to be painstakingly crafted for legibility on a screen and a font just displaying well with basic, or even no, hinting.scannerlicker said:And what was the inaugural moment for screen serifs? Georgia? I mean, it was almost 30 years ago (1993), so is there probably some earlier successful attempts?
Just because the market is growing doesn’t make it a great place to try making money. Designing, programming, and testing for complex scripts is far more challenging than for Latin. Marketing products and services can be an even bigger challenge. It’s not easy to do if you’re a one-person operation.Hrant H. Papazian said:As an aside, it's "funny" that a party claiming non-Latin is now big still declines to get into it... (Cyrillic? Sort of a technicality.)