Web Font Shorts

A posting on reddit lead to a discussion on typefaces. In particular one poster asked about the kerning of a word. Surprisingly, the kerning was perfect for me. I decided to compare it across the browsers I have access to.

Here's the kerning in Firefox on Linux (Stock Ubuntu Gutsy):

Notice how the A and V overlap? That's correct kerning.

Here's how it looks in Firefox on OSX Tiger:

Aside from the overly aggressive anti-aliasing, see how the kerning is incorrect between the A and V. It looks the same in Safari 3.

Here it is again in Firefox on Vista:

Same kerning error. Looks the same in IE7.

So Linux gets it right, OSX and Windows get it wrong. We've come quite far.