yes but... adobe used to own all the fonts - till michael copeland (corel founder) cloned/clean roomed them all into "truetype"
they were all named closely - and - YES - had more nodes (who cares about nodes on todays rips??)
so the time is now: call corel - 2000 fonts in windows - the web will come alive!!
edit: Corel plug: Corel is THE MOST windows standard UI guidelines using company i know.
edit2: why should i upgrade from xp or vista? A: ... the web with 2000 fonts?
edit 3: ... is that not a clear message? is that not a clear - "we're on your side" annoucement?
go for it ms!
Adobe never "owned all the fonts" not by a long shot. they had a set of outlines that went with the PostScript engine yes but that was 36 faces.
Type Faces are owned by the creator / Type Foundry ... Like Monotype for example.
now if you look at a catalog of many faces most of them are just slight variations on a few of the classic ones like Times or Helvetica.
I think really that "the average joe" will generally not even see the differences between many of the faces out there.
so this brings up the question of how much benefit to how many users at what cost?
Now I think that a set of faces like the classic 36 PS faces would have a good value .... but not 2K or more.
aside from that IMHO if you feel strongly on this get with Bill Hill and the WC3 on the standards for FontEmbeding in html.
I do think that getting all the major players in line on that would be great -- down the road we could see less giant jpegs on pages just to spell out one or two words like say "Shell" or "Microsoft" or whatever.... and that would also make them searchable
and more userfull for the blind etc...
PS: Faces NOT Fonts, you should licence a face and then have the rights to use that face in all it's forms. you do know that yes?