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Re: [csswg-drafts] [css-fonts] limit local fonts to those selected by users in browser settings (or other browser chrome) (#4497)

From: Myles C. Maxfield via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2019 16:52:15 +0000
To: public-css-archive@w3.org
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> required local fonts to be specifically, intentionally loaded into the browser

It’s a little unclear to me what exactly this means. What happens if a user doesn’t select any fonts? Does this mean that no text shows up anywhere on the entire web? Presumably “no user action” should be considered the default, and it’s a pretty bad default to break all text on all webpages.

Are you proposing that the installation process of a browser should include font picker UI asking the user which fonts they would like to use? This doesn’t really work for browsers like Safari which are included with the OS, and are not individually installed.

Mitigating fingerprinting in fonts is a good idea, but forcing every user to make decisions they don’t understand or care about before they get to use the product they just bought, would be an unfortunate design.

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