Re: remove normative reference to HTML5

Ah, in that case, I would change my comment to the following:

WOFF should not specify requirements related to the use of WOFF Font Files
by a user agent. WOFF does not define a user agent, and therefore, it has no
business of constraining a hypothetical user agent. A user agent that does
not adhere to same-origin or does not adhere to CORS should be able to use
WOFF Font Files. Furthermore, it should be possible to use WOFF without
making reference to @font-face usage or constraints.

The requirements found in the "General Requirements" section of WOFF are
expressing policy, not mechanism, and should not be in WOFF, which should
simply define the file format. By way of comparison, other file format
specifications (like PNG, JPEG, etc), do not constrain how those formats are

Please remove all requirements in WOFF or consider proposing them in other
contexts, such as for inclusion in CSS3 Fonts or in HTML5. Also, please
consider the above to be a formal comment from Samsung (whom I represent in

Glenn Adams

On Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 5:47 AM, Levantovsky, Vladimir <> wrote:

> Hello Glenn,
> Thank you for reviewing the WOFF specification and providing your comments.
> Please note that the latest version is also available as Editor’s draft [2],
> in addition to the last published version of the WD [1].
> Section 5.3 of the HTML5 spec is used to define same-origin matching
> algorithm - this is why HTML5 is normatively referenced in the WOFF spec.
> This reference can be found in section 1 of the WOFF 1.0 WD [1], and in
> section 2 of the latest version of the spec [2] that is soon to become CR.
> Thank you,
> Vladimir
> On Tuesday, June 14, 2011 6:45 PM Glenn Adams wrote:
> >
> > The current WD of WOFF File Format 1.0 [1] has an erroneous reference
> > to HTML5, which is not referred to in the specification; therefore, it
> > should be removed. One must not have a normative reference unless it is
> > used normatively.
> >
> > Regards,
> > Glenn Adams
> [1]
> [2]

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