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RE: WOFF and extended metadata

From: Sylvain Galineau <sylvaing@microsoft.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2010 14:54:02 +0000
To: Erik van Blokland <erik@letterror.com>
CC: "www-font@w3.org" <www-font@w3.org>, 3668 FONT <public-webfonts-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <045A765940533D4CA4933A4A7E32597E214B9AE0@TK5EX14MBXC113.redmond.corp.microsoft.com>
Erik, 

I suggest we try to use the format with actual products, including
the metadata extension area.

As for the latter, I am particularly interested in file formats
that not only support the localization of metadata but store the
localized names of metadata properties.

Lastly, known issues with OpenTypes that led to the current design
Are especially relevant in assessing whether this design achieves
its goals. 

Finally, I do not want the metadata discussion to delay the review
of the rest of the specification. I would even suggest that we 
keep the format in a non-normative appendix in the 1.0 version of
the spec as I'd rather see WOFF the container standardized as
soon as possible. A future version of the spec - or a different
document - could define a normative metadata format. In the absence
of sufficient information on the use-cases font vendors will
want, allowing for the rendering of arbitrary XML in the entire block
may be the rational thing to do. And remain so until a plurality of 
font vendors agree on a stable format. As much as we want to, it's 
entirely possible that we are not yet able to complete this part of 
the effort.
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