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Re: EOT-Lite File Format

From: Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 5 Aug 2009 10:38:30 +0200
Message-ID: <149848745.20090805103830@w3.org>
To: Jonathan Kew <jonathan@jfkew.plus.com>
CC: "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>, Dave Crossland <dave@lab6.com>, <www-font@w3.org>
On Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 6:53:37 PM, Jonathan wrote:

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

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


Any developer resources for dealing with such sites would be better put into a tool that can figure out what pseudo-encoding is actually used and then outputs a UTF-8 encoded version of the site.

 Chris Lilley                    mailto:chris@w3.org
 Technical Director, Interaction Domain
 W3C Graphics Activity Lead
 Co-Chair, W3C Hypertext CG
Received on Wednesday, 5 August 2009 08:39:26 UTC

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