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I am working on yet another web font service http://webfnt.com where users purchase just the styles they need.
Also the reason why system fonts like Veranda are so large is they include most of the unicode character tables. Downloadable web fonts strip as many characters as possible to reduce file size. WOFF is wonderful because it compresses fonts even more.
I think we are getting a little ahead of our selves though. Web typography has a long way to go. Webkit (safari and chrome) still does not support kerning and ligatures. Firefox has the basic ligature support down but doesn’t support advanced opentype alternates. When I see web fonts I would like them to render properly…