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Re: CSS21 @font-face removal

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2003 08:06:42 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200310210706.h9L76gj01778@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: www-style@w3.org

> The problem is most page authors wouldn't be licensed to distribute the 
> fonts they use.

> version of the font embedding tools. At least one of the technologies 
> was encumbered with what we'd now call DRM: the fonts were locked to 
> the page that used them.

Actually the URL stem.  This is certainly true of IE and is probably 
true of any viable implementation.  It is necessary to get round your
earlier point.  It is much easier to get a licence for use on
one site's pages than a general distribution one.  I think it is the
main technical problem in implementing font "embedding" in HTML. 
PDF is much more intellectual property friendly in many ways, because
that was a design aim.

> multiple megabytes. Can't say I'd relish having to regenerate my 
> embedded fonts every time I typed new text into a page though: so some 
> sort of balance needs to be struck.

As the lock was effectively to the site, you could create a subset 
that matched your vocabulary.
Received on Tuesday, 21 October 2003 16:45:29 UTC

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