bq. I don’t know about the Steffman fonts, but the ones from Larabie, like most “free fonts”?, as funny as they are, contain ultra-few to none at all characters outside of the ascii range.
In general, the Steffman fonts have wider coverage outside of ascii. For example, I can write my native Norwegian in them (including Ã¦Ã¸Ã¥). In the cases where glyphs are missing, the CSS font alorithm will ensure that the text is still shown.
Web fonts will also allow people to make fonts with Unicode coverage wider than mainstream fonts. For example, a web page could point to the DejaVu fonts:
I expect more “open-source” fonts like these to appear when they can easily be used in web pages.