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Re: CSS3 @font-face / EOT Fonts - new compromise proposal

From: Dave Crossland <dave@lab6.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2008 18:22:47 +0000
Message-ID: <2285a9d20811131022y795dfa1ewc997aac874d1e2ed@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Cc: "Philip TAYLOR" <P.Taylor@rhul.ac.uk>, "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>

2008/11/13 Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>:
> On Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 10:47 AM, Philip TAYLOR <P.Taylor@rhul.ac.uk> wrote:
>> Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:
>>
>>> No, I mean it quite literally.  Our level of happiness would be strictly
>>> increased by allowing only free font linking, because right now we have *no*
>>> font linking.  We would be happy with this.  We would by *happier* with
>>> commercial fonts as well, but *any* font-linking is an improvement that
>>> would make our lives better.
>
> I would certainly be *more* happy if commercial
> fonts were available as well and reasonably easy to use.  But some fonts are
> better than no fonts,

It is contentious that all proprietary font software distributors
would continue to turn up their noses at non-DRM web fonts, and there
will be only freely redistributable fonts available to web designers.

Big foundries say they will never support linking OTFs because they
are holding out for DRM fonts, but small foundries are more open. The
one who runs www.webfont.info for example.

If a few small foundries start licensing OTF for the web and start
making lots of money, I expect their shareholders to start asking
their executives to make them lots of money too.

Cheers,
Dave
Received on Thursday, 13 November 2008 18:23:25 GMT

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