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Re[5]: Protecting WebFonts

From: Brad Chase <brad_chase@met.bitstream.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Aug 96 08:03:51 edt
Message-Id: <9607278411.AA841159903@met.bitstream.com>
To: www-font@w3.org
erik van blokland wrote:

> Furthermore, it is unwise to believe in the possibility of secrets, and 
> finally, the integrity of users towards fonts has been thoroughly 
> tested in the world of personal computing already...
I agree. It was that premise that started this thread on protecting fonts. 
Something I think we should get back to.

Whether fonts are distributed as outlines or bitmaps, unless protected they 
are still subject to theft. It's no more difficult to write a font crawler 
that collects a full set of pixel fonts in various sizes than it is to 
write one to collect outlines. 

> Anything that's decided on as the webfonts standard will be obsolete in 
> two years anyway, just because the introduction of type is going to 
> raise the expectation of webtypography *so much* that current outline 
> based proposals have to be completely revamped anyway.
The W3C font work group has been working very hard to design a mechanism 
that is easily extensible to handle the wide variety of font mechanisms - 
those existing and those yet to be created. I think we've been successful, 
but you'll get an opportunity to judge for yourself in the near future.

The current font draft will allow LettError to create a pixel font engine 
for use with their fonts. It will plug right in, invisible to the end 
user. Go for it.

     Brad Chase
     Product Manager
     Bitstream Inc.
Received on Tuesday, 27 August 1996 08:32:25 UTC

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