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Re: CSS21 @font-face removal

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2003 20:50:13 +0300
To: Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org>
Message-Id: <F9F3DF3D-0325-11D8-B18E-003065B8CF0E@iki.fi>

On Monday, Oct 20, 2003, at 19:56 Europe/Helsinki, Chris Lilley wrote:

> HS> Then there's the practice of transferring Latin gibberish and 
> applying
> HS> a font that is a Latin font from the system's point of view but
> HS> contains glyphs for another script. I think CSS 2.1 should not
> HS> accommodate fontifying Latin gibberish to look like text in a 
> minority
> HS> script in browsers that happen to support such a trick.
> I agree, so its handy that CSS 2 dissallows such a practice. But wat
> does that have to do with downloading fonts in general?

The part that I quoted was:
"With respect to minority scripts, no - the fact that you can read it 
does not
mean automatically that your computer system comes with support for it."

If the system doesn't support the script, what does downloading a 
properly encoded font help?

If the system already knows how to deal with the script but doesn't 
come bundled with a font, it is (in my opinion) reasonable to expect 
the user to supply the required font.

Henri Sivonen
Received on Monday, 20 October 2003 13:51:07 UTC

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