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Re: WOFF and extended metadata

From: Erik van Blokland <erik@letterror.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2010 17:14:11 +0200
Cc: "www-font@w3.org" <www-font@w3.org>, 3668 FONT <public-webfonts-wg@w3.org>
Message-Id: <E63A2BC7-ED01-474A-A1B3-85D573990731@letterror.com>
To: Sylvain Galineau <sylvaing@microsoft.com>

On 8 jun 2010, at 16:54, Sylvain Galineau wrote:

> 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.

You're widening the scope of your criticism and shifting around. First  
it was an issue of whether to show undocumented elements. Now you make  
it into an issue of showing any metadata. I have to guess at your  
motivation for all this. You could just decide to ignore undocumented  
elements, as the original proposal states and there would be no problem.

The only failing use cases are for things that you suggested to add.  
Dropping the meta data will greatly reduce the support the proposal  
has at the foundries and it would move the discussion back a year. I'm  
not sure that's a good way to go.

The elements in the current proposal are polished, have all the  
approval and support from all sorts of stakeholders, are stable and  
ready to go. There is no discussion about whether or not to include  

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