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Re: WebFonts ready for use

From: John Daggett <jdaggett@mozilla.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2008 18:22:10 -0700 (PDT)
To: "Paul Nelson (ATC)" <paulnel@winse.microsoft.com>
Cc: Håkon Wium Lie <howcome@opera.com>, www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <24613307.29781208827330513.JavaMail.root@cm-mail01.mozilla.org>


> The main concern voiced [by font developers] is "casual piracy" where the average
> person simply uses or has fonts installed by web pages without realizing that the UA was 
> just being "helpful".

I completely agree, there's a need for a greater understanding of the nature of font licensing.  General statements like "now you can use any font you want" probably freaks out a lot of font designers, as Simon Daniels noted here:

  http://www.typophile.com/node/43971

But there's also a need for font vendors and software vendors who ship fonts to make a better effort to give web designers the ability to answer the question "can I use this font?"  Just saying "look at the EULA" isn't sufficient given the current state of EULA's that cover fonts or software bundled with fonts.

Maybe a discussion of this at the ATypI Conference in September would be appropriate?

Regards,

John Daggett
Mozilla Japan


-----Original Message-----
From: www-style-request@w3.org [mailto:www-style-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Håkon Wium Lie
Sent: Friday, April 18, 2008 12:23 AM
To: www-style@w3.org
Subject: WebFonts ready for use


I'm happy to see the discussions on WebFonts. I also think it's
important that people on this list start playing with WebFonts. There
are now three implementations that allow you to use common font
formats with WebFonts:

  http://www.apple.com/safari/
  http://www.princexml.com/
  http://labs.opera.com/news/2008/03/28/

Here are some more pages that use WebFonts:

  http://www.princexml.com/howcome/2008/webfonts/
  http://www.princexml.com/samples/
  http://people.opera.com/howcome/2008/ooxml/iso.html
  http://people.opera.com/howcome/2008/ooxml/iso.pdf

Cheers,

-h&kon
              Håkon Wium Lie                          CTO °þe®ª
howcome@opera.com                  http://people.opera.com/howcome
Received on Tuesday, 22 April 2008 01:22:48 GMT

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