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Re: Questions re web-fonts

From: Bert Bos <bert@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2009 15:03:12 +0200
To: www-font@w3.org
Message-Id: <200907081503.13183.bert@w3.org>
On Wednesday 08 July 2009, karsten luecke wrote:
> Christopher Fynn wrote:

> > Users want fonts that work seamlessly [...]
> Erik van Blokland and John Hudson have given good answers.
> TTF/OTF fonts per se (possible permission tables or embedding bits
> aside) ideally would work in all kinds of environments.

I have the secret ambition (no longer secret now :-) ) to do such a good 
job on the structure and extensibility of the new font format's 
metadata, that the format works equally well over all protocols and all 
transports: FTP, e-mail, news, bittorrent, bluetooth, etc. And that 
includes "no protocol," i.e., local files.

Behind that is another hope: if it works for protocols from the past, 
there is a good chance it'll work with protocols in the future. (I hope 
that HTTP-bis[1] will extend the life of HTTP by many years, but I 
don't want to rely on that.)

There is no shortage of competition for the metadata, though: The PLING 
(W3C's Policy Language INterest Group) has so far collected about two 
dozen different technologies[2] that all try to encode metadata for 
usage policies in some way, and that doesn't yet include EOT[3], 
OTW[4]/TTW[5], MAME[6] or EEULAA[7].

[1] http://www.ietf.org/html.charters/httpbis-charter.html
[2] http://www.w3.org/Policy/pling/wiki/PolicyLangReview
[3] http://www.w3.org/Submission/EOT/
[5] http://www.w3.org/Fonts/Misc/minutes-2008-10#Compromise
[6] http://noeot.com/mame.html
[7] http://www.eeulaa.org/

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