Styles allow you to specify understudy fonts if the preferred font is not found, but this does involve some more work.
To make a font definition file for a downloadable font, you need an installed font and a conversion tool. Bitstream formerly offered a product for PFR files called WebFont Maker; but this has now been discontinued. Microsoft offers WEFT for EOT files, which also provides assistance with inserting the right additional code in HTML files that use the font.
VML works only in Internet Explorer, and, in any case, it would be laborious to use it to create fonts, which is not a purpose for which it was designed.
|Simple References||Downloadable Fonts||Single Image of Text||Separate Image for Each Character|
|Ease of setup||Easy, though substitutes may have to be selected if styles are used.||EOT fonts must be converted with WEFT, which is somewhat complicated, and converted fonts are restricted to use on named Web sites.||Many tools of varying complexity are available.||More work initially in creating a file for each character; more HTML coding; question of whether to include as yet unused characters.|
|Economy - Bytes in files||Only a few bytes are required for the font names.||Best for longer texts (more than about 255 characters)||Best for shorter texts||About 5 times as many bytes as downloadable fonts|
|Economy - Number of file requests||Good - no extra files.||Fair - one file per font, but in Internet Explorer must also request the WebFont Player for PFR||Good - one file per image||Poor - one file for each character needed|
|Client compatibility||No way of telling whether the font is available.||PFR does not work on older browsers or Netscape 6 or above, or Internet Explorer for Macintosh; EOT works only for Internet Explorer.||Good||Good|
|Usability with dynamic text (such as hit counters)||Yes||Yes||No - unless the image is created dynamically with a script||Yes|
|Text formatting - Wrapping||Normal||Normal||No wrapping to window size, though image width can be set to a percentage of window width.||Lines may break oddly unless a table is used|
|Text formatting - Resizing||Normal||Normal||None||None|
|Special effects - Color||Limited - single foreground and background colors||Limited - single foreground and background colors||Good||Good|
|Special effects - Animation||Virtually none||Virtually none||Yes, but individual characters cannot be addressed||Yes|
To install a new font in Windows, open Fonts in Control Panel and select "File|Install New Font...".