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Re: What constitutes protection [was: About using CORS]

From: Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
Date: Tue, 4 May 2010 18:12:49 +1200
Message-ID: <w2s11e306601005032312k677b7468j2aa24509a836bd@mail.gmail.com>
To: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>
Cc: John Hudson <tiro@tiro.com>, Sylvain Galineau <sylvaing@microsoft.com>, www-font@w3.org
On Tue, May 4, 2010 at 5:57 PM, Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com> wrote:

> Quite surprised to hear that authors actually complained about not being
> able to link video files cross-origin. Did not expect that. I wonder if
> fonts have reached enough critical mass yet that sites with special servers
> for static resources and content distribution networks etc. have started
> using them. Would be interesting to know what they think.

Yes, there was a big kerfuffle over video. A few reasons why video is
probably different from fonts:
a) video is huge, so much more likely to need CDN support or at least to be
placed on dedicated servers. Fonts are much smaller so it's generally going
to be easy to serve a font on the same server as the rest of the normal page
b) people want to put links to "viral videos" in their blogs. I don't see
"viral fonts" as being such a big cultural medium, but even if they are,
people can copy them around easily enough.
c) there is a well-established precedent with Flash and Quicktime that you
can link to videos cross-site. There is not such a well-established
precedent for fonts.

They might not like it for instance if stripping of some headers by an
> intermediary renders the site in some horrible fallback font. It seems
> same-origin licensing requirements would also be a problem for these sites.

We shall see what authors say, but if you want to increase reliability it's
a matter of copying the font to your own server, which is probably not a big
deal. That protects you from the other site being down as well.

"He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are
healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his
own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all." [Isaiah
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