I've recently taken on a project that would require me to use Hebrew, and therefore Hebrew fonts. I found some wonderful CC fonts by Meir Sadan and I will definitely embed those into my design.
However I still need a list of all the different fonts available to the user in different platforms. What fonts are available? What do the generic classes default to under each system?
Being a Mac user, I only have a list of fonts available on the Mac and seeing not everybody uses Firefox/Safari/etc. so embedded fonts don't work for everyone (sad, I know).
Help would be much appreciated.
The web does not work by embedded fonts. It displays multiple writing systems via a system called unicode, which has been well supported by all browsers for about 10 years now.
Some excellent resources:
In order to see your pages, if the visitor is using Internet explorer, they need to have hebrew support enabled in windows. With any other browser, they merely have to have a unicode-registered font containing a set of hebrew glyphs (a range of suitable fonts are installed when enabling hebrew support). The odds are almost overwhelming that anyone who can actually read hebrew will have already met these requirements.
If you want to specify a preferred font, create a font stack in your stylesheet. Note that if you have found a font where the hebrew characters are mapped to latin ones (for example, to write aleph, you type 'a') then this is not a unicode font and cannot be used on the web. (Hopefully there are none of those anachronisms floating around any more).
The area which may give you some grief is that hebrew is a rtl (right-to-left) language, and there are some obscure browser bugs with rtl handling. Do be sure to check your work in browsers based on all the four main rendering engines (IE, gecko family, webkit family, Opera).