Re: New work on fonts at W3C

On Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 12:53 PM, Tab Atkins Jr. <>wrote:

> In an informal survey of the various computers I own, with a varying
> supply of fonts, I can display Thai on a web page with the default
> fonts with no problem.  I'm not completely sure if this is drawing
> from existing fonts on my system that Firefox is automatically doing
> fallback to, or if Thai is simply supported as part of the default
> fonts, but I figured an Indic font would be reasonably niche to test
> with.

Firefox and other browsers will search through every font installed on your
system to find one that supports a character, if necessary.

My understanding is that for a lot of communities there are ONLY free fonts,
because there's not much commercial value in producing a font that only some
relatively small and impoverished group is interested in. I would be
interested to hear about languages where the only good fonts are non-free.

"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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