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Re: Minutes, 16 February 2011 WebFonts WG telcon

From: Dave Crossland <dave@lab6.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2011 02:29:41 -0500
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To: "public-webfonts-wg@w3.org" <public-webfonts-wg@w3.org>
On 20 February 2011 01:19, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com> wrote:
>
> On Feb 19, 2011, at 8:09 PM, Sylvain Galineau wrote:
>
>>> This argument (and Vladimir's similar one) assumes that today's popular
>>> forms of commercial font licenses are not only the common case today, but
>>> will be the common case for as long as the Web exists. I don't have
>>> evidence that this assumption wrong. But what's our level of confidence in
>>> this assumption? 90%? 99%? I think it would take a high degree of
>>> confidence to rebut the default assumption of consistency.
>>
>> I can't make predictions for 'as long as the Web exists' and I very much
>> doubt anyone here can. But I'm extremely confident that it's much easier
>> to relax a restrictive default in the future without harming anyone than
>> it would be to go the other way.
>
> I think once we have a high volume of content making use of this feature, we will not be able to change the default in either direction. We can't change a loose default to a restrictive default, or pages are likely to break. But if we change a restrictive default to a loose default, it will probably introduce security issues. That's why I am treating this as a "for all time" decision and not a "for today" decision.

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