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Re: Font MIME types

From: Zack Weinberg <zackw@panix.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Apr 2015 13:22:17 -0400
Message-ID: <CAKCAbMgjWQXs_1F=sQsKKgmFx9xxQ-CSFJgx9L_sv-0Fv_A4iw@mail.gmail.com>
To: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@annevk.nl>
Cc: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
On Fri, Apr 3, 2015 at 11:57 AM, Anne van Kesteren <annevk@annevk.nl> wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 3, 2015 at 5:53 PM, Zack Weinberg <zackw@panix.com> wrote:
>> All the font formats that browsers actually support are unambiguously
>> identifiable by their in-band metadata ("magic numbers" and the like)
>> and it is therefore my opinion that, like images, font formats SHOULD
>> be identified using that metadata, *not* any out-of-band declaration
>> (in other words, browsers SHOULD continue to ignore the MIME type for
>> fonts).
> Sure, and I have done this when we introduced @font-face (and failed
> to register font/ :-/), but that's not really the question. E.g. we
> don't check MIME types for <script> either, but with
> X-Content-Type-Options: nosniff we do. So the question is what is the
> list of MIME types we want to whitelist for font use when that header
> is specified.

It is my considered opinion that nosniff mode should have *no effect*
on the interpretation of any resource loaded via a @font-face rule:
such resources should *always* be identified using their in-band
metadata, and *only* their in-band metadata, and only those resources
which are identified as fonts in a supported format should be
processed.  Conversely, *whether or not* nosniff mode is applied, and
*regardless* of what the server says the Content-Type is, a resource
whose in-band metadata unambiguously identifies it as a font should
*never* be processed in a context that requires something else (e.g.
image, style sheet, document).

This is also my opinion for any other data format which can be
unambiguously identified from its in-band metadata, which (it is my
possibly-mistaken understanding) turns out to be everything *but*
HTML, Javascript, and CSS.

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