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Re: CSS21 @font-face removal

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2003 07:31:09 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200310200631.h9K6V9a00635@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: www-style@w3.org

> I am sure there are good reasons for removing @font-face [2]
> from CSS 2.1 font capabilities. [1].

I think that is because it fails the "two interoperable implementations"
rule.  IE and Netscape didn't share a common font format.  (Note the
problem with creating a font format is not describing the font, but 
enforcing intellectual property rules.  Microsoft's implementation
locked the font to a particular URL.)

> I have a concern that this impacts users of minority languages more than
> others.

I don't think there is much awareness of the feature even in such
communities.  The only example I've seen was a Symbol font hack
(misrepresenting ISO 8859/1 characters as glyphs for something else)
for Telugu.  (That was on an explicit search for font-embedding -
something that produced few hits at the time.)  None of the Western
academic sites for Chinese use them, even though people are quite likely
not to have the fonts.
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