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Re: A way forward

From: John Hudson <tiro@tiro.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2009 14:32:56 -0700
Message-ID: <4A6A2888.2090504@tiro.com>
To: Håkon Wium Lie <howcome@opera.com>, "www-font@w3.org" <www-font@w3.org>
Håkon Wium Lie wrote:

> Rather than insisting on others embalming your mistakes from the past,
> you should switch on TTF/OT in IE8. It's done in an hour and Windows
> Software Uptdate can easily transmit the patch by tomorrow morning.

Microsoft have no more incentive to expose their own considerable font 
IP to such a move than they have a desire to expose that of professional 
font makers who, like Microsoft, remain almost entirely hostile to naked 
font linking. I think it is telling that the only browsers supporting 
naked font linking are the ones that don't have any font IP of their 
own. It is easy to be reckless with what other people make.

I really thought we were getting past this impasse. Microsoft don't want 
to support naked font linking. Firefox and Opera don't want to support 
an EOT-related format. I see no sign of either party giving way on this; 
indeed, the positions seem to becoming more solid as time goes on.

So, let's get this .webfont/ZOT working group started so we can move 
forward toward a genuinely interoperable solution that all parties will 

John Hudson
Received on Friday, 24 July 2009 21:33:38 UTC

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