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RE: Webfont compression

From: Sylvain Galineau <sylvaing@microsoft.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2009 00:50:41 +0000
To: John Hudson <tiro@tiro.com>, "www-font@w3.org" <www-font@w3.org>
Message-ID: <045A765940533D4CA4933A4A7E32597E020F7757@TK5EX14MBXC113.redmond.corp.microsoft.com>
> From: www-font-request@w3.org [mailto:www-font-request@w3.org] On
> Behalf Of John Hudson

> I remain unconvinced that server-side compression is a sufficient
> answer
> to font compression, given that universal availability and ease of use
> don't seem to translate into universal application.

The use is a function of the content. As many resources are much smaller than a font file, and as many of the larger resources are already compressed (images, videos, executables) measuring use by navigating around the web may not yield clear-neough data allowing one to claim lack of usage, let alone why.

I don't understand your point though. I don't see why universal application - by whatever metric - for other content types should be a precondition for fonts. If we have universal availability - and I believe we do - then this can certainly be used. And if using it has a noticeable impact for web fonts - a resource type that is larger than average and uncompressed - it will be used.

This being said, a compressed file format is optimal. Compress the data once, never configure a server.
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