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Re: Downloadable fonts and image replacement

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 1 May 2006 09:27:11 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200605010827.k418RB404143@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: www-style@w3.org

> Usually you want to /preferably/ use the font installed on the system,
> if it's there. Any proposal needs for resolving this conflict needs

One problem with this is that the installed font may be an old version and
may not be as complete, for example, older versions of the IE fonts don't
have the full set of PinYin characters.  Part of the problem, in this case,
is IE's failure to implement the font selection algorithm properly (and fill
in missing characters from fallback fonts).

Incidentally, for all or nothing selections under IE, it is possible to
use the current mechanism and alias the downloadable font, so that it
is not confused with the local font.  This can be used to allow a system
with the correct font to display without using the web font.  (I seem to
remember, though, that the web font still gets loaded, so you don't save
on bandwidth, just speed up the rendering of the text.)

> to address that as well..
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