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Re: Questions re web-fonts

From: Erik van Blokland <erik@letterror.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2009 18:07:49 +0200
Message-Id: <68004FDB-3CEF-416C-A2B9-B20B5F39D0F0@letterror.com>
To: www-font <www-font@w3.org>

On Jul 15, 2009, at 5:49 PM, Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:

> Any new format, on the other
> hand, even if decided on today, will require at least half a decade
> before it's truly usable.

This is just not true.

EOT lite *is* a new format for Opera, Safari, FireFox. Support has to  
start from scratch. So, 2014 before those apps support it you reckon?

A webfont wrapper as proposed (more on that in a seperate post) is not  
a new format. It is a plain ttf / otf which can be offloaded to the OS  
for rendering. The unwrapper code is a handful of lines in Python, I'm  
sure it can be done in a single line of Perl. Supporting EOT and it's  
light version require a much bigger investment in time and testing.  
Regardless of what gets decided, there is no reason to resort to  
imaginary arguments to dismiss things.

Received on Wednesday, 15 July 2009 16:08:34 UTC

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