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Re: EOT & DMCA concerns

From: Håkon Wium Lie <howcome@opera.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Aug 2009 21:57:30 +0200
Message-ID: <19064.37546.92049.265749@opera.com>
To: Thomas Lord <lord@emf.net>
Cc: "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>, Thomas Phinney <tphinney@cal.berkeley.edu>, John Hudson <tiro@tiro.com>, www-font@w3.org
Also sprach Thomas Lord:

 > Which leaves the EOTL proposal in the uncomfortable 
 > situation of insisting that rootstrings be enforced - 
 > if not by honoring them then by rejecting any and all
 > files that contain one.
 > 
 > Poor Håkon would be getting angry bug reports from
 > people who use set ups that generate EOTC and who have
 > heard that Opera has *some* kind of EOT support - so
 > why do their fonts work in IE but not Opera?

This is a real concern. By accepting EOTL (and not EOTC) browser
vendors accept to ship an inferior product. Microsoft marketing would
quickly claim that only they "fully support EOT". Font vendors might
give rebates to those who are willing to "protect" the fonts with root
strings, at which point supporting non-IE browsers suddenly starts
costing money. This is not a compelling scenario, and I don't think
consensus around EOTx is possible.

Cheers,

-h&kon
              Håkon Wium Lie                          CTO °þe®ª
howcome@opera.com                  http://people.opera.com/howcome
Received on Tuesday, 4 August 2009 19:58:29 GMT

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