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RE: A way forward

From: Sylvain Galineau <sylvaing@microsoft.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2009 17:40:52 +0000
To: "info@ascenderfonts.com" <info@ascenderfonts.com>, "www-font@w3.org" <www-font@w3.org>
Message-ID: <045A765940533D4CA4933A4A7E32597E0210BD36@TK5EX14MBXC120.redmond.corp.microsoft.com>
> Again, the licensing issue is not specific to EOT-Lite. It impacts .ZOT
> and
> .webfont or any other new web font format in the same way.
>
>
> Bill Davis
> Ascender

Bill, thank you for the clarification. Here is why it was especially relevant to EOT-Lite; as you well know, a short-term benefit of your proposal is that it is compatible with the vast IE installed base out there. But in the absence of a rootstring, no existing IE will perform a same-origin check by default. So any such requirement would essentially require authors to do extra work on the server (something not all authors might be able to do, actually).

A brand new standard, however, can require such a check from the beginning. But if anyone willing to license fonts as EOT-Lite required some sort of same-origin check then the benefit of IE compatibility also comes at some administrative cost, admin costs which we tried to eliminate by getting rid of rootstrings for instance.

Hope this helps,
S.
Received on Monday, 27 July 2009 17:41:36 GMT

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