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Re: Downloadable fonts and image replacement

From: Spartanicus <spartanicus.3@ntlworld.ie>
Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 12:54:30 +0100
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To: www-style@w3.org

Bert Bos <bert@w3.org> wrote:

>    Downloadable fonts in general -
>      - Performance problems (download multi-megabyte CJK fonts?)

A user prompt that shows the size of the font would be my preferred way
to deal with the performance issue. This would have to be accompanied by
a method so that a user isn't prompted again if they choose not to
download fonts for example for that session.

As a user I'd want an option in my browser to prevent any fonts from
ever being downloaded, and to prevent being prompted to do so. Ideally
I'd want to see this implemented as a GUI preference setting, minimally
via a browser or user style sheet. The latter option would require
something like a 'none' value for the '@font-face' property to prevent
automatic downloading.

Add to that plenty of other preferences users are gong to have wrt
downloadable fonts, and implementing a solution that would work for most
could be something of a nightmare for those who want to support
downloadable fonts.

>    Fonts and image replacement -
>      - Accessibility considerations for image-text replacement

Images of text is almost always a bad idea. Imo CSS should discourage
such usage and instead provide tilting and 3D font decorative effects
like shadows and extruding.


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