Microsoft is ready to propose to the World Wide Web Consortium (the
W3C) that they adopt the MS Embedded Open Type format for all
browsers and platforms. The EOT scheme, which downloads fonts from a server and puts them into an invisible folder in the user's system, has been available since Internet Explorer 4. But it has never worked in Firefox or Safari, and was not widely used.
If you like the idea, let the W3C know!, www.w3.org/Consortium/contact
Such a standard can bring new readability to the web---and a great
range of typographical styles. One tweak I urge: A way to send a
specific font to the platform that is calling for the font. This
would cause a specially-tuned font (for, say, 12 pt. text on a Mac)
to go to Mac browsers, and a ClearType version of the same font to go
to Windows browsers. This would bring to life David Berlow's online
text proposal. type101.fontbureau.com/archives/19
More comments at rogerblack.com/blog/getting_in_bed_with_type.