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Re: Downloadable fonts and image replacement

From: (wrong string) åkon Wium Lie <howcome@opera.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 21:57:14 +0200
Message-ID: <17486.32538.85308.177101@localhost.localdomain>
To: Laurens Holst <lholst@students.cs.uu.nl>
Cc: www-style@w3.org

Also sprach Laurens Holst:

 > > Yes, this could work. UAs should also be able to handle this:
 > >
 > >   font-family: "TSCu_Comic", url(TSCu_Comic.zip), sans-serif;
 > >
 > > That is, zip files should be uncompressed in the client.
 > 
 > Not through HTTP? I don$,1ry(Bt know much about the details of gzip, but 
 > wouldn$,1ry(Bt simply sending an Content-Encoding: gzip header with the file 
 > suffice?

That could work, too. The reason for supporting zip-files directly is
that this is the how fonts are published on the web today. Here are
some samples:

  http://www.fontfreak.com/fonts-g2.htm
  http://www.1001freefonts.com/fonts/pfonts5.htm

Zip does two things here. First, it bundles a set of TTF files
together (often along with a README of some sorts). This is a good
thing as one font family typically consists of four different files.
Second, it applies compression.

By using HTTP-level compression, you replace one part of zip -- how
would you replace the other?

-h&kon
              H,Ae(Bkon Wium Lie                          CTO ,A0~(Be,A.*(B
howcome@opera.com                  http://people.opera.com/howcome
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