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Re: Webfont compression

From: John Hudson <tiro@tiro.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2009 05:19:33 -0700
Message-ID: <4A685555.8080004@tiro.com>
CC: www-font <www-font@w3.org>
John Daggett wrote:

> I don't think any new web font format should be saddled with legacy
> issues from the EOT format and Microsoft's implementation of it.  We
> should be striving for a simple way that all browsers can support
> @font-face interoperably, not a way to make web fonts work in IE6.

Given that neither Microsoft nor the majority of typeface designers and 
font vendors have any interest at all in naked font linking, can I take 
your comments to mean that we should all be looking at .webfont? It 
certainly has traction with the font community -- not least because it 
is an initiative from type designers -- and I sense from the feedback 
here to Erik and Tal's proposals that there is genuine interest from 
Mozilla, the W3C and others. If there were also interest or even a 
commitment from Microsoft, this would appear the clearest path to an 
interoperable format, one without legacy issues and one that doesn't 
give any browser a significant advantage over any other, while at the 
same time avoiding the impasse over naked font linking.

John Hudson
Received on Thursday, 23 July 2009 12:20:21 GMT

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