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

From: Joe Vieira <joe@myfonts.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Oct 2013 09:12:37 -0400
Message-ID: <CAJa=EB0EpsBA1Md7V1NpUWxFAU1b3eR6R8v4hvhfiLykE28bEQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: David Kuettel <kuettel@google.com>
Cc: "Levantovsky, Vladimir" <Vladimir.Levantovsky@monotype.com>, "public-webfonts-wg@w3.org Group" <public-webfonts-wg@w3.org>
Vlad thanks for digging those up, good reading. The 2009 draft is a pretty
reasonable looking draft, it seems like it was simply before it's time.

I would be in favor of modifying and resubmitting.

David, I'm happy to help gather some data about MIME type issues, and
assist in anyway I can. I am curious what data we think is collectable /
worth collecting about the problems.

Defining the scope of the issue does seem to make sense as then we would be
working to solve a tangible issue.

Joe


On Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 8:43 AM, David Kuettel <kuettel@google.com> wrote:

> 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,****
>>
>> ** **
>>
>> 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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