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Excellent article Drew, a great start to the series.
With regards to the notion some people are passing round that Firefox is the new IE. This is utterly bonkers. None of the modern browsers being released now are “the new IE”. Not even IE.
At the rate FF releases are going it won’t be too long before unicode-range support lands. Not to mention for the time being font rendering is much better in FF than any other browsers (at least on windows) in terms of legibility and kerning which I think are more important than subsetting.
Compared to FF, IE9 has no text-shadow, flexbox, gradients, transitions, webworkers… the list goes on, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad browser.