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Re: Downloadable fonts and image replacement

From: Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 18:41:06 +0100 (BST)
To: Octavio Alvarez <alvarezp@alvarezp.ods.org>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0604251831260.9071@localhost.localdomain>

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On Tue, 25 Apr 2006, Octavio Alvarez wrote:

>> My computer might know about a font server, but it probably won't 
>> have the fonts used on your web site, especially fonts that have 
>> been developed specially for that site. To get around that, the 
>> web page could specify the URI for a font server.
>
> No, the font would be just like any other resource, even cached, so
> MUAs only downloads what it needs.
>
> If the site wants to have fonts available the same site should
> bring a font server up.

How is the browser supposed to locate that server? Are you proposing
that there should be a standard for how a browser asks for a font
from the server that the web page was downloaded from? I presume it
would have to involve the URI for the web page in question and the
name of the font, but might involve other information as well.

>> The next question is what glyphs to ask the font server for, as 
>> the whole font may be too large.
>
> MUAs can also examine the documents to check what glyphs are used 
> and auto-determine the range.

That is easy enough for static documents, but much harder for
dynamically generated documents that are customized for a specific
request. How would you propose to handle such web pages?


  Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org>  W3C lead for multimodal interaction
  http://www.w3.org/People/Raggett +44 1225 866240 (or 867351)

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