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Re: Questions re web-fonts

From: karsten luecke <list@kltf.de>
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2009 01:54:54 +0200 (MEST)
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To: www-font@w3.org
Christopher Fynn wrote:
> If web-fonts (EOT, EOT-lite, or whatever) are intended not to work "on the desktop", will they work in desktop based web-design applications without invoking the browser?

Ideally, web-design apps would have similar rasterizing functionality as browsers so they can offer a proper preview (with web-fonts).

> Users want fonts that work seamlessly [...]

Erik van Blokland and John Hudson have given good answers.
TTF/OTF fonts per se (possible permission tables or embedding bits aside) ideally would work in all kinds of environments. That's the technical side. Permissions are another issue and independent of the font format. Standard uses are covered by standardized license agreements, and beyond that, communication between foundry and user is required as Erik said.

The sole unhappy purpose of EOT (or alternatives) is to address the very specific situation that the current @font-face implementation resembles a bank that deposits its money in plastic bags in front of the building ...

Karsten
Received on Wednesday, 8 July 2009 00:05:00 GMT

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