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Re: CSS3 @font-face / EOT Fonts

From: David Woolley <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>
Date: Fri, 07 Nov 2008 21:44:32 +0000
Message-ID: <4914B6C0.60105@david-woolley.me.uk>
To: www-style CSS <www-style@w3.org>

Dave Singer wrote:
> I think there are some things that could be done that would help 
> everyone.  One that comes to mind is simply  encouraging sub-setting a 
> font when it's embedded on the web.  I have been told that sub-setting 
> is disallowed by some (many?) font licenses.  It clearly has the dual 

I suspect people who bar subsetting either do so because they don't
understand what it is (the standard block everything then selectively
relax security approach), or they also block re-distribution and
embedding.  Subsetting is, I think, notionally less permissive than
embedding (OK, I know some people don't like calling web fonts
embedding), because, when you subset within a language, the subset font
has limited utility for anything except your page.

> benefit of making the font smaller (usually much smaller) and much much 
> less useful outside its intended context.  If I set a headline in a 
> fancy font, a subset is likely to carry only a few glyphs (down from a 
> few thousand).

David Woolley
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