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

From: Håkon Wium Lie <howcome@opera.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2008 20:06:24 +0100
Message-ID: <18717.52272.763335.748279@opera.com>
To: Thomas Phinney <tphinney@adobe.com>
Cc: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>

Also sprach Thomas Phinney:

 > 95% of users and developers *can* tell the difference between those
 > fonts and well-made fonts when it comes to body text on screen

I often hear this, and it may be true today. However, there are two
reasons why it's not that important. First, web designers are
primarily looking to use web fonts for display type. Look at CSS Zen
Garden [1]. There, designers happily use the core fonts [2] for body
text, but almost all designs use other fonts -- encoded in images --
for headings. They can continue to use core fonts for body type even
when webfonts are available.

Second, the higher-density screens common in emerging computers makes
hinting and other expensive tricks less important.

[1] http://www.csszengarden.com/
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Core_fonts_for_the_Web

              Håkon Wium Lie                          CTO °þe®ª
howcome@opera.com                  http://people.opera.com/howcome
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