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Re: Support Existing Content (was: Proposed Design Principles review)

From: David Hyatt <hyatt@apple.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2007 16:29:58 -0700
Message-Id: <0D03AA4F-4B53-4506-8715-0E73595A80C2@apple.com>
Cc: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>, "Philip Taylor (Webmaster)" <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
To: tina@greytower.net


On Apr 30, 2007, at 4:24 PM, Tina Holmboe wrote:

>
>   Indeed. Such as the dynamic fonts that authors are screaming for,
>   which got added to CSS 2, removed from CSS 2.1 'cause the browsers
>   didn't implement it, and which have been re-introduced in CSS 3
>   because *authors still want dynamic fonts*.
>   Authors wants it. Browser vendors didn't want to implement it. The
>   specification went with the authors, then the vendors, now with the
>   authors again.
>

Again this is patently false.  This is one of the features I most  
want to implement.

If anything blame for the failure of this feature to take off can be  
placed squarely at the feet of the CSS WG.  If you'd talked to either  
me or Hakon (of Opera), you'd know that both of us feel very strongly  
that the Web needs downloadable fonts.  I would *love* to implement  
this in WebKit/Safari.

The problem is that the existing specification in CSS3 is horrible.

Multiple browser vendors actually have agreed upon a way of doing  
this feature using URLs in the font-family property.  However we have  
yet to implement it precisely because we had been trying to take a  
standards-based path (without much luck) at the W3C.

dave
(hyatt@apple.com)
Received on Monday, 30 April 2007 23:30:57 GMT

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