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Re: WOFF specification name

From: Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2010 11:32:29 +0200
Message-ID: <64994928.20100901113229@w3.org>
To: "Levantovsky, Vladimir" <Vladimir.Levantovsky@MonotypeImaging.com>
CC: John Hudson <tiro@tiro.com>, "public-webfonts-wg@w3.org" <public-webfonts-wg@w3.org>
On Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 9:07:29 PM, Vladimir wrote:

LV> On Tuesday, August 31, 2010 2:52 PM John Hudson wrote:

>> While I'm sensitive to the explanatory problem we've created in using
>> the term format, I'm not sure that 'framework' really captures what
>> we're specifying, and in terms of a file extension .woff it doesn't
>> make much sense to talk about serving a framework.


LV> I guess the problem is rooted in the fact that WOFF name is very
LV> similar to ISO "Open Font Format", which *is* a font format
LV> specification. WOFF is likely be seen as "Web OFF", hence the
LV> popular but false conviction that it is another font format.

Or, that it is a web delivery wrapper for Open Font Format. In other words, the format is what is inside, and is really a format.

Other containers can also be called formats. People talk of video being on .mov format (quicktime is a container) or .mkv format (matrovska is a container), for example.

I admit that 'framework' does not make much sense to me. I wouldn't read too much intention into the typo in the AB minutes. And the link from those minutes (also Member-only, but containing no information not also available to the public) announcing first public working draft expands the acronym correctly as Web Open Font Format
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Member/w3c-ac-members/2010JulSep/0030



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