Re: css3-fonts: should not dictate usage policy with respect to origin

Let me ponder this new information (to me) on the motivation for SOR on
fonts. I now see the source of the backlash against exceptions in the spec,
as well as the argument for specifying this in css3-fonts and woff. Too bad
I didn't have this background information earlier. I'll get back to the
group in a few days about whether we will be able to drop our FO. Note that
even if we drop it, I fully expect some external specs to explicitly remove
(willfully override/ignore) the SOR requirement when making use of
css3-fonts and woff. But there isn't anything the W3C can do about that.


On Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 6:23 PM, Boris Zbarsky <> wrote:

> On 6/30/11 7:01 PM, Glenn Adams wrote:
>> if this argument applies, then the same logic driving SOR on font
>> fetches should be used on every type of fetch, including images
> That would be ideal, yes.  We'd like to move there, for sure.
> In the face of the large deployed base of cross-origin-referenced images,
> though, that's not feasible, yet.
> But that "large installed base" argument does not apply to new types of
> loads, which is why new types of loads are tending to be defined with
> cross-origin restrictions and CORS in mind.  This is not specific to fonts.
>  however, I have asked what is special about fonts that requires SOR that
>> does not apply to text/plain, image/png, application/xml, etc.
> Nothing.  What's special about fonts that _allows_ the restriction is lack
> of significant existing deployment depending on the unrestricted behavior.
>  And it's not even that special to fonts.
> -Boris

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