Brian Behlendorf writes (on firstname.lastname@example.org):
> Paul Haeberli at SGI has a proposal for font propagation and use on the
> web . While his proposal puts the functionality in yet more HTML
> tags, I think it would be pretty easy to take his parameters and make
> them style sheet semantics. Is anyone interested in doing that? It's
> definitely too much for CSS1, but perhaps by CSS2... anyways, I'll be
> mentioning this to him, but I thought the opportunity to get input from
> the font community in the style sheet efforts should be pursued.
> (BTW, I couldn't get his java app to work either)
Meanwhile, Hakon Lie writes (on email@example.com):
> Paul Haeberli writes:
> > Is this mail list active?
> It's starting up. I count 12 subscribers at this point..
> While I have Paul's attention: your WebFonts proposal  is
> interesting. I have one suggestion and one concern.
> - wouldn't PNG be a better format to base WebFonts on? First, it's
> politically more correct. Second, you can hide the metainformation
> inside the PNG-file.
> - providing bitmap fonts is device-dependent. The selected font may
> have just the right size on the author's screen, but will not scale
> to the reader's preferred size or any printer. If we aim for
> consistent presentations, isn't scalable fonts the only option?
Paul Haeberli's proposal for a simple bitmap font format is
interesting (I've used the even simpler version in the pbm toolkit),
but I feel it is not good enough. The fonts may produce acceptable
results on a screen, especially if PNG's ability for alpha channels is
used for anti-aliasing, but it is not good enough for printing.
A mature font format should provide for kerning, ligatures, and
resolution independency. There must be a standard way to map the
glyphs to Unicode characters. And on the Web, it should also be free
(at least the decoding software).
Defining a new format is a lot of work. It can be done when needed (as
was PNG for bitmap graphics), but maybe there already is a format we
can use. I know of Postscript, TrueType, MetaFont, BDF/PCF, and
TrueDoc. Before designing a new format, I want to be sure that none of
these meet the requirements.
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- From: Brian Behlendorf <firstname.lastname@example.org>