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This font is specifically designed for screen reading.

Tiresias Screen Font

It was designed for televison sub-titling:

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I don't know if there are other fonts specifically designed for screen-reading, but this might be one consideration for online projects. Obviously only when text is to be part of an image file.
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This resembles Myriad Condensed, a more widely available face that's one of my current favorites. See its online performance on my Chicago Bike Map

A couple of cautionary notes: Television titles are nearly always horizontal. This face may not perform as well on an angle. Second, I can't help noticing its strong resemblance to highway sign lettering, which suggests that its readability may rely in part on generous letterspacing.

As for other faces designed for the screen, that's always been my understanding of the ones used by operating systems (such as Chicago, Charcoal, Monaco, Arial, and Verdana). Label readability at small size has always concerned me for website maps. Here's an experiment I did using Verdana: Japan 1 on 1
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Here is an example of a few fonts I used for a web mapping project for a client, can see them in use in the mapping here, New Zealand Tourism.

Using fonts small on screen in an image, or in Flash for that matter, you are best to keep antialiasing switched of so the font doesn't smooth. Sounds backwards, I know but at a small size the font smoothing make legibility a lot worse. Also if you can pick a specifically designed pixel font for use at the approriate size then this will help even more, examples are the Mini 7 family, which is designed to be used at 7pts at 72ppi, this equals a 5px high readable font.

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