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Re: .webfont Proposal 2

From: Håkon Wium Lie <howcome@opera.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2009 16:59:37 +0200
Message-ID: <19041.58201.306550.648962@opera.com>
To: Thomas Phinney <tphinney@cal.berkeley.edu>
Cc: (wrong string) åkon Wium Lie <howcome@opera.com>, John Daggett <jdaggett@mozilla.com>, www-font <www-font@w3.org>
Also sprach Thomas Phinney:

 > > I'm not comfortable having root strings, even if the specification
 > > says they can be ignored. For one, we could see heavy lobbying to
 > > remove the "can be ignored" part in the next version of the
 > > specification. Second, some judge somewhere could rule that his laws
 > > (DMCA perhaps) trumps any specification and that implementations
 > > therefore must "honor" root strings.
 > Don't enforce the root string, just refuse to render a font with a
 > root string at all. Anywhere.

That would take care of the legal problem. But unless all browsers
agree on this, interoperability suffers.

A better solution, I believe, is to remove root strings from the spec.

              Håkon Wium Lie                          CTO °þe®ª
howcome@opera.com                  http://people.opera.com/howcome
Received on Saturday, 18 July 2009 15:00:50 UTC

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