Typography had its beginning as far back as the mid 15th century when the movable type was invented. Western printing has three major type families that originated from the calligraphers of the time. They were the Roman, Italic, and Black Letter (Gothic).
Since then the number of typefaces has grown and the technology used to create print publications has drastically changed. Typography today also incorporates on screen display of text.
Today type can be found in print, on websites, and on many electronic screen devices. The following is a list of the types of fonts that work best in each sort of application. Whichever fonts you choose, make sure you are choosing the fonts that are universally available to all users of all operating system and web browsers. Special fonts can be sent to the printer to install and use when needed in the print world.
Google offers hundreds of free open-source fonts that were optimized for the web experience. More details and an updated list of these fonts is available at the following link. http://www.google.com/fonts/