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Re: Downloadable fonts and image replacement

From: Rijk van Geijtenbeek <rijk@opera.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 16:02:30 +0200
To: www-style@w3.org
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On Mon, 24 Apr 2006 16:56:11 +0200, Bert Bos wrote:

> The CSS Working Group has been discussing downloadable fonts ("web
> fonts") and the interaction of font choice and image-text replacement
> recently.

> Some of the issues under consideration
> --------------------------------------
>       - Accessibility considerations for image-text replacement

I'd like to mention the bad habit on many Indic websites, where pages in Bengali and Mayalayam (and some other) scripts are send to the browser as Latin-1 or as charset=x-user-defined, and the non-Unicode fonts needed to make this work are offered as a separately downloadable ttf or as eot with the @font-face styles. Demo: http://www.jugantor.com/demo/ .

The spec might not be the most useful place to fight this kind of web authoring, but it should be made very clear that the usability of websites should not depend on the availability of a certain font.

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