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RE: New work on fonts at W3C

From: Levantovsky, Vladimir <Vladimir.Levantovsky@MonotypeImaging.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2009 15:49:40 -0400
Message-ID: <E955AA200CF46842B46F49B0BBB83FF2924E14@wil-email-01.agfamonotype.org>
To: "Brad Kemper" <brad.kemper@gmail.com>
Cc: "Aryeh Gregor" <Simetrical+w3c@gmail.com>, "Jonathan Kew" <jonathan@jfkew.plus.com>, <www-style@w3.org>
On Wednesday, June 24, 2009 2:47 PM Brad Kemper wrote:
> 
> On Jun 24, 2009, at 10:52 AM, "Levantovsky, Vladimir" wrote:
> 
> > On Wednesday, June 24, 2009 1:19 PM Brad Kemper wrote:
> >>
> >>
> >> No, but that won't change until Microsoft starts supporting the
same
> >> formats as Firefox, Safari, and Webkit. If they are going to start
> >> supporting font formats that they don't currently support, then
they
> >> should start with OpenType and TrueType, absolutely.
> >>
> >
> > This is exactly the problem I am trying to solve. Why is that
someone
> > has always have do what someone else has done, even if there is no
> > consensus for it.
> 
> Because by definition, if there is no consensus, then someone hasn't
> done it yet. Because consensus might never be achieved, and life moves
> on while we wait for one, and authors would like to get started with
> the very workable solutions currently available. Because there is near
> consensus among implenters about the value of supporting raw file
> formats, with the one major exception being the company that is nearly
> always lagging in standards support (for about the last decade
anyway).
> 

You forgot to mention font vendors who do not support raw file format,
so the company you mentioned isn't really a one major exception.

> 
> > We could be much better off if we get out of the trenches and adopt
a
> > position that, as Aryeh said, may not be ideal but can work and
would
> > satisfy all parties involved.
> 
> Great! Glad to hear that you will now be supporting Daggett's scheme,
> and that Microsoft will be concentrating the @font-face improvement on
> supporting regular formats as well as the other implentors are.
> 

Speak for yourself. And you apparently missed the last part of the
sentence, I did say that a solution "would satisfy all parties
involved".
If you truly want the web to become a better place, then the position
"you go ahead and do something so I don't have to" is a non-starter.
This is how I see John D. proposal with regard to font renaming - I
don't think Monotype would allow this. I do hope though that we can have
a progress and more constructive discussion.
Received on Wednesday, 24 June 2009 19:50:38 GMT

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