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Reporting my findings on MIME types (action 120)

From: Levantovsky, Vladimir <Vladimir.Levantovsky@monotype.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2013 19:42:30 +0000
To: "public-webfonts-wg@w3.org Group" <public-webfonts-wg@w3.org>
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Folks,

I was able to dig up some old stuff on MIME type registration for fonts. The last attempt to register a top-level "font" type was initiated in 2004 with the draft submitted by David Singer (see attached), needless to say that it failed and the efforts were abandoned c.a. 2007. In the end of 2008 the WebFonts WG has prepared filing for "application/font-woff" type which has been registered as soon as WOFF 1.0 spec went to PR (I think), and in 2009 I put together a draft (attached) for "application/font-sfnt" type (as part of ISO/IEC 14496-22 OFF amendment) that was registered in 2012 once the ISO amendment was finalized.

There was a discussion in 2012 specific about media type registrations in general (and "font" as a top-level type in particular) on the IETF reflector (I believe it was Martin Dürst who raised the issue at that time) that kind of prompted the discussion about font types and it was hinted that the condition are now more favorable to having a new top level type registered, but nothing has been done since then. Martin and I had an off-list conversation about preparing the new draft for top level font registration but we didn't get to actually doing it.

I believe this is really it, I heard there had been prior attempts to register font MIME types in the past but I have not been able to find anything else on the subject.

Thank you,
Vlad




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