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Re: Webfont compression

From: Martin J. Dürst <duerst@it.aoyama.ac.jp>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2009 13:13:19 +0900
Message-ID: <4A67E35F.8000204@it.aoyama.ac.jp>
To: Aryeh Gregor <Simetrical+w3c@gmail.com>
CC: Laurence Penney <lorp@lorp.org>, John Hudson <tiro@tiro.com>, www-font <www-font@w3.org>

On 2009/07/23 10:34, Aryeh Gregor wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 23, 2009 at 12:40 AM, Laurence Penney<lorp@lorp.org>  wrote:
>> Regarding the promotion of automatic gzip compression of fonts, it could
>> well be a reasonable criticism that our customers may not have control over
>> 'SetOutputFilter' Apache settings (or equivalent).
> AddOutputFilterByType can be used in .htaccess files according to Apache docs:
> http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.2/mod/core.html#addoutputfilterbytype
> It therefore should be usable on essentially all web hosts, probably
> even down to free web hosts.

Yes. But for it to be usable on the level of a .htaccess file, the 
server administrator has to activate the FileInfo Override in the server 
configuration file. In many cases, that's not done, unfortunately.

Also, I think the reason for why small sites don't use it that much is 
easy to explain: For a small site, the effort needed for the setting is 
big compared with the gain (a few pages or other documents compressed 
and downloaded at less bandwidth), and if they are using hosting, they 
probably don't reach the bandwidth limit of the simple plan they have, 
whereas for bigger sites, it pays off big time, so they are very motivated.

Regards,   Martin.

#-# Martin J. Dürst, Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University
#-# http://www.sw.it.aoyama.ac.jp   mailto:duerst@it.aoyama.ac.jp
Received on Thursday, 23 July 2009 04:14:18 UTC

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