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Re: [csswg-drafts] [css-fonts-4] The spec should not allow UAs to ignore user-installed fonts (#5421)

From: Chris Lilley via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 08 Oct 2020 11:11:05 +0000
To: public-css-archive@w3.org
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> Web fonts are the only sure way for a web author to use these less-supported languages. 

In general, using a Web font is more reliable *provided the license allows such use*. This is not the case for all fonts, including some which are "free to use" but are required to be distributed in an intact zip file with a readme and license, for example.

> Naming a specific font and hoping the user has it installed is less likely to work than using web fonts.

It is a very poor approach for Latin, agreed.

It is the _standard_ approach in some linguistic communities, because they came onto the Web well before Web fonts were a realistic thing to use. Thus, user-agents which suddenly stop working on content which has worked for one or two decades will simply be seen as broken.

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