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Re: WebFonts ready for use

From: David Woolley <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>
Date: Thu, 01 May 2008 00:33:27 +0100
Message-ID: <481901C7.9080509@david-woolley.me.uk>
To: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>

Dave Crossland wrote:
> 2008/4/30 Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>:
>> it would make it difficult for authors to serve a font only licensed for
>> embedding in documents they produce, since the UA may use it for other
>> documents without any deliberate action on the part of either the site or
>> the user.
> 
> I think it is a mistake to use the term "embedding" in connection with
> web-fonts, because it is misleading about how HTTP works; "linking" is
> a much more accurate term.

Embedding is the concept that font vendors use in their licencing.  I 
would suggest it is reasonably safe to assume that any vendor that 
licenced for embedding wouldn't consider deep linking from another site 
to be acceptable.

What the domain whitelisting in EOT is trying to do is to produce 
semantics closer to embedding, when the medium actually physically uses 
linking.

(Interestingly of course images in HTML are logically links, but 
designers rely on their behaving, visually, as though they were 
embedded, even if that creates copyright loopholes.)
> 


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