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Re: Reporting my findings on MIME types (action 120)

From: David Kuettel <kuettel@google.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Oct 2013 05:43:44 -0700
Message-ID: <CAAYUqgFyCF_Oe6MACZy0hJP80yMoE-bPP898eK-C3EoULJk9iQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Levantovsky, Vladimir" <Vladimir.Levantovsky@monotype.com>
Cc: "public-webfonts-wg@w3.org Group" <public-webfonts-wg@w3.org>
Thank you Vlad, this is incredibly helpful!

What would you suggest as a next step for us?  Should we explore
resubmitting the earlier proposals, submitting new ones, or first gathering
hard data on how widespread the problem is?

Gathering the data could take time (esp. as we would need to prioritize it
among all of our other outstanding projects), but perhaps could make all of
the difference this time around.


On Tue, Oct 22, 2013 at 12:42 PM, Levantovsky, Vladimir <
Vladimir.Levantovsky@monotype.com> wrote:

>  Folks,****
>
> ** **
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> 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.****
>
> ** **
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> 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.****
>
> ** **
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> 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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