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Re: CSS21 @font-face removal

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2003 12:40:59 +0200
Cc: www style <www-style@w3.org>, W3c I18n Group <w3c-i18n-ig@w3.org>
To: Tex Texin <tex@i18nguy.com>
Message-Id: <E0073036-110E-11D8-9DF7-003065B8CF0E@iki.fi>

On Friday, Nov 7, 2003, at 12:12 Europe/Helsinki, Tex Texin wrote:

> Henri Sivonen wrote:

> However, there are also free fonts available,

It's really, really hard to find free Latin fonts suitable for 
displaying paragraphs of text. The free Latin fonts tend to be "fun" 
display/headline fonts that lack diacritics. (There's the Ghostscript 
font set, but almost everyone already has those or lookalikes.)

> and especially for minority languages it seems governments and some
> typographers are willing to do so.

True, but will everyone attempting to implement unencumbered automatic 
font downloading be harassed by companies who don't want to give their 
fonts away for free?

> The Ford "you can have any color you want, as long as its black" model 
> of
> marketing was discredited a long time ago. People like choices. Even 
> if its not
> the same everywhere, having a choice means you can decide if you like 
> it for
> your use.

Then why do the designers stick to Verdana (10px!), Times New Roman, 
Arial and Georgia when they could also use Palatino, Baskerville, 
Didot, Big Caslon, Futura, Gill Sans, Century Schoolbook, Copperplate, 
Book Antiqua and Garamond?

-- 
Henri Sivonen
hsivonen@iki.fi
http://www.iki.fi/hsivonen/
Received on Friday, 7 November 2003 05:41:08 GMT

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