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RE: Web Fonts

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2006 21:22:05 +0000 (UTC)
To: "Paul Nelson (ATC)" <paulnel@winse.microsoft.com>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0608242118340.10139@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Thu, 24 Aug 2006, Paul Nelson (ATC) wrote:
> If one does not use the name in the font, how does one know that the 
> font is already installed on the machine?

It doesn't matter if the font is already installed.

> If the same version of the font is already installed why does one need 
> to install it again?

If the exact same font is installed, then you can determine that (just by 
comparing the fonts, e.g. by comparing the fingerprints of the relevant 
files -- this can be done quite quickly and can be heavily cached). The 
name doesn't particularily help this.

> How does the OS address using the font if you don't use the name of the 
> font and call it something else?

That's an API issue / implementation issue, independent of the spec. If 
the UA really needs a name, it can make one up for internal purposes.

> If the font name is trade marked and a person is changing the name are 
> there legal concerns?

No more than for the <img> element. Probably significantly fewer concerns, 
if we ignore the name altogether... (it's hard to say that you're 
confusing the meaning of a trademark if you don't use it at all!)

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