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[csswg-drafts] [css-fonts] Is it time for standard fonts in the web? (#5606)

From: verbessern via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Sun, 11 Oct 2020 07:44:00 +0000
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verbessern has just created a new issue for https://github.com/w3c/csswg-drafts:

== [css-fonts] Is it time for standard fonts in the web? ==
I'm wondering, is it time to have some fonts standardized for the web. PDF for example has several fonts, that are always available in the viewer and its safe for the generators to generate PDFs without emending the font(s) inside it. I'm not saying to prevent other fonts from usage, but if several fonts become a standard, then I think that many websites will move towards using them, to ensure a consistent view of their websites. 

I know that there are "safe to use" fonts, but that is just the result of the "leaving standard" not the standard per se. This lack of standard in this, affects so many people, and so much software products that its unimaginable in size. 

One cannot even generated a proper SVG file, because there is not standard way of calculating the font width. Any textLength/lengthAdjust tricks are just softening the fall, but not the fall itself. Embedding and such are not really a solution, at least because of copyright issues and file size.

Please view or discuss this issue at https://github.com/w3c/csswg-drafts/issues/5606 using your GitHub account


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