Web Fonts are a big thing in Web Development at the moment and I think they will be for a long time to come.
While there are very good paid font libraries like Typekit or myfonts.com or the relatively new cloud.typography.com by the awesome H&FJ there is still the Google web fonts library, which contains a lot of really good free to use fonts.
What I did in the past was, I downloaded the fonts I wanted to use to host them on my on server for having total control and minimising my http requests. But a while back Sergej and I discovered that you shouldn’t do this even though you can. And here is why:
If you use one of the solutions Google presents you with, they will actually serve different, optimised font files depending on the browser and OS of your visitor.
I for one place the
link tag in the
<link href="http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Roboto" rel="stylesheet">
For a little performance boost you can add this line to your
head before loading the font to prefetch the Google Fonts DNS:
<link href="//fonts.googleapis.com" rel="dns-prefetch">