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Re: New work on fonts at W3C

From: Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2009 10:22:31 +1200
Message-ID: <11e306600906251522o5637752dxadd52346b060e78a@mail.gmail.com>
To: Jonathan Kew <jonathan@jfkew.plus.com>
Cc: Aryeh Gregor <Simetrical+w3c@gmail.com>, www-style@w3.org
On Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 5:44 AM, Jonathan Kew <jonathan@jfkew.plus.com>wrote:

> On 25 Jun 2009, at 17:55, Aryeh Gregor wrote:
>  On Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 12:43 PM, Levantovsky,
>> Vladimir<Vladimir.Levantovsky@monotypeimaging.com> wrote:
>>> There are other ways to block font linking from other sites that do not
>>> require root strings or CORS
>>> (http://openfontlibrary.org/wiki/Blocking_drive-by_access).
>> Referer-based methods are unreliable, and can block users of your own
>> site as well as letting through users of other sites.  Some software
>> will strip referer headers, or even change them.
> So browsers that send incorrect headers would fail to work with linked
> fonts in this scenario? That seems like something browser vendors might be
> willing to fix.

The big problem is that some firewalls strip Referer headers because they
don't want to reveal URLs of internal pages. For example, if
https://intranet.mozilla.com/Orbital_Mind_Control_Lasers.html links to
http://www.nasa.gov, Mozilla might not want nasa.gov administrators to see
that URL in their Referer logs. So Referer is not really fixable.

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