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Re: [css3-fonts] @font-face font-family names used in other @font-face rules

From: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Mar 2013 16:30:41 -0800
Message-ID: <CAAWBYDAPp_bXW829M0zL2EqFj0XKt4vNx_wLAGak_y2fKC3Djg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Adam Prescott <adam@aprescott.com>
Cc: John Daggett <jdaggett@mozilla.com>, www-style list <www-style@w3.org>
On Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 4:24 PM, Adam Prescott <adam@aprescott.com> wrote:
> On 7 March 2013 00:11, John Daggett <jdaggett@mozilla.com> wrote:
>> I also don't really think this is a great way of doing this, you're
>> trying to subset a font provided by a font service.  It would be a far
>> better use of resources to download an appropriately subsetted font
>> rather than download the full font just to use a single character.
>
> Google does exactly this type of subsetting if you tell it to,
> returning only the ampersand glyph within the font. (Yes, family,
> etc.) So while I understand the objection you're making, I don't think
> it's central to the point of being able to refer to @font-face values
> in the way being discussed.

His point is that subsetting *after* you've already downloaded the
entire font isn't very useful.  Downloading a whole font for a single
character is very wasteful, given the average size of fonts.  Having
the font producer subset for you is much more efficient for your
users.

~TJ
Received on Thursday, 7 March 2013 00:31:31 GMT

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