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Re: EOT-Lite File Format

From: Jonathan Kew <jonathan@jfkew.plus.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Aug 2009 17:53:37 +0100
Cc: Dave Crossland <dave@lab6.com>, www-font@w3.org
Message-Id: <0935402A-4C81-4A08-99DC-2A7496E27E6B@jfkew.plus.com>
To: "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>
On 4 Aug 2009, at 17:25, Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:

> On Tue, Aug 4, 2009 at 11:21 AM, Dave Crossland<dave@lab6.com> wrote:
>> 2009/8/4 Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>:
>>> those sites are *already* expecting their fonts to only
>>> work in IE [or non-IE]
>>
>> Wouldn't it make the web better if both those kinds of sites started
>> working for more people?
>
> Of course it would.

Not really. Most of those sites (or so I gather from various past  
comments) are using custom "hacked" 8-bit encodings where ASCII/ 
Latin-1 character codes are rendered with entirely different glyphs,  
typically in an Indic script. They then use EOT fonts in order to  
provide glyphs that correspond to their particular encoding.

Providing any support at all for this, which will reduce pressure on  
those sites to update and become conformant with standards (in  
particular, Unicode) is doing a disservice to their users and to the  
web as a whole.

JK
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