Yes. It's a major annoyance and one of the main criticisms I have with Google Web Fonts.
In order for fonts to render properly on all web devices/browsers, you need 4 or 5 proprietary font types:
EOT = Internet Explorer 4+
TTF = Mozilla 3.5, Safari 3.1, Chrome 2.0, Opera 10
OTF = Mozilla 3.5, Safari 3.1, Opera 10
SVG = Safari 3.1 iPhone, Chrome 0.3, Opera 9.0
WOFF = Mozilla 3.6+
Many of Google's Web Fonts are missing file types. I don't know if this is unintentional omission or if they couldn't get written permission from the font owners to convert to all file types. In any case, for best results use fonts from TypeKit instead of Google.
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I prefer TypeKit because they host the fonts on their servers and their font list is huge.
There are some @font-face generators and font kits you can use.
- Cufon -- http://cufon.shoqolate.com/generate/
- Fontex -- http://www.fontex.org/
- Font-Squirrel -- http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fontface/generator
For legal reasons, don't just assume you can use any font you wish on the web. Fonts are protected by intellectual property laws in much the same way that software is protected from unlawful copying, modifying or distributing. In other words, a font owner can say "you can use my font but you can't alter it, you can't reproduce it and you can't distribute it." That's a deal breaker. Check your font license very carefully.
Its a problem known as 'poor hinting' and something that Google Web Fonts improves over time.... perhaps try another font - Questrial? - and be patient
Thanks much Nancy & Rik & abattis. The client's graphic designer chose the goole font at first but we ended up switching to a standard font do to the issues and all is good now. I will check into Font Squirrel & TypeKit.