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Re: New tests for web fonts

From: David Hyatt <hyatt@apple.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2008 13:10:40 -0500
To: Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>
Cc: www-international@w3.org, www-style@w3.org
Message-id: <F587ADC4-81E1-4159-99FB-7AC1A6C67DBD@apple.com>

On Aug 25, 2008, at 5:42 AM, Richard Ishida wrote:

>
> Safari 3.1.2: Armenian, perfect; all others yield blank space  
> (although the reference text is rendered correctly for Hindi, Arabic  
> and Urdu in the default browser font).
>

This problem is unique to Safari on Windows.   Safari on Mac can  
handle complex scripts just fine.

Uniscribe requires an HFONT that represents the downloadable font in  
order to render, but we could find no Windows API that would allow us  
to privately install a downloadable font and obtain an HFONT from  
it.   Windows has APIs for doing this for .EOT, but not for Truetype/ 
Opentype.

It's not clear to me how any browser is going to support Truetype/ 
Opentype downloadable fonts on Windows, but maybe the Mozilla guys  
have found a technical solution.

dave
(hyatt@apple.com)
Received on Monday, 25 August 2008 18:11:22 GMT

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