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Re: A way forward

From: Dave Crossland <dave@lab6.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2009 23:57:25 +0100
Message-ID: <2285a9d20907241557l6dcdf69cr31d88a9a2b962d6a@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Levantovsky, Vladimir" <Vladimir.Levantovsky@monotypeimaging.com>
Cc: www-font <www-font@w3.org>
2009/7/24 Levantovsky, Vladimir <Vladimir.Levantovsky@monotypeimaging.com>:
> On Friday, July 24, 2009 6:32 PM Dave Crossland wrote:
>> Right - if root strings are a MAY requirement of the spec, that would
>> bring back the looming threat of a court using DMCA-style laws to
>> force browsers to perform DRM.
> Exactly the opposite would be the case - the spec would instruct browsers to
> implement same-origin restrictions and explicitly ignore the content of root
> string, and only legacy IE browser would pay attention to it.

But because the goal is a single web font file for all browsers, we'd
end up font vendors only distributing millions of fonts with root
strings in them, and even though the spec ITSELF doesn't say "may" it
de facto does because everyone behaves as if it does.

A DMCA-style court won't care a whit what the W3C chose to leave out
of its documentation which is only suggestions for implementors. It
will care what people are doing in the real world, and those people
are proven DRM-mongers.
Received on Friday, 24 July 2009 22:58:26 UTC

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