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RE: a basic question

From: Richard Fink <rfink@readableweb.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Jul 2009 10:52:37 -0400
To: "'Erik van Blokland'" <erik@letterror.com>, "'Tab Atkins Jr.'" <jackalmage@gmail.com>, "'www-font'" <www-font@w3.org>
Cc: "'John Hudson'" <tiro@tiro.com>, "'Thomas Lord'" <lord@emf.net>
Message-ID: <001801c9ff12$93e6f210$bbb4d630$@com>
Erik van Blokland wrote:

>I think no one on this list disputes that. But there are nuances  
>between encouraging specific behaviour and making it slightly more  
>difficult. Given the potential size of the userbase, even subtle  
>differences in ease of access to desktop-ready fonts will have big  
>effects.

I agree with Erik completely. There is a tendency, especially among those
with technical expertise, to greatly underestimate the effects that even the
smallest of inconveniences will cause. Marketing history is littered with
products that failed because of the need for seemingly small accommodations
on the part of prospective customers that were considered minor to the
product's creators. Not so minor, after all.
Same origin restrictions? Hey, you can override it! Well, to many it is a
big enough deal to deter casual download and, at least, make those who know
how to get around it, think about what they are doing. (This premise, BTW,
can be tested quickly and adequately without the need for a large number of
test subjects.)

Cheers,

rich

-----Original Message-----
From: www-font-request@w3.org [mailto:www-font-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of
Erik van Blokland
Sent: Tuesday, July 07, 2009 4:01 AM
To: Tab Atkins Jr.; www-font
Cc: John Hudson; Thomas Lord
Subject: Re: a basic question


On 7 jul 2009, at 02:36, Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:

> However, there is also the obvious point that no matter *what* is
> done, fonts will still be infringed upon.  It is technically
> impossible to create an effective DRM system.

I think no one on this list disputes that. But there are nuances  
between encouraging specific behaviour and making it slightly more  
difficult. Given the potential size of the userbase, even subtle  
differences in ease of access to desktop-ready fonts will have big  
effects.

Erik
Received on Tuesday, 7 July 2009 14:53:29 GMT

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