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Re: @font-face and slow downloading

From: John Hudson <tiro@tiro.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2010 12:40:26 -0700
Message-ID: <4CC0972A.3030604@tiro.com>
To: "Belov, Charles" <Charles.Belov@sfmta.com>
CC: www-style list <www-style@w3.org>, Brad Kemper <brad.kemper@gmail.com>, David Singer <singer@apple.com>
Belov, Charles wrote:

> I *do* want the fallback font.  What I also want is to be able to
> specify in my user style sheet that if the download font can't download
> within x seconds that I don't want it at all.

Probably better as a general browser preference than a style sheet entry.

Another user preference option would be for the browser to open a 
separate tab in the background with the downloaded font if it can't 
provide it to the first tab page in a given amount of time. That would 
avoid disrupting initial page interaction, but still enable to user to 
view the page as intended after a delay. There will be times when the 
downloaded font will be more important than at others, e.g. when it 
contains characters in the page content that are not supported by any 
locally installed fonts, and when a general preference that flushes font 
downloads if they are not completed in a given number of seconds will be 

Received on Thursday, 21 October 2010 19:41:01 UTC

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