[webkit-dev] EOT Support in WebKit

Maciej Stachowiak mjs at apple.com
Fri Oct 17 19:02:10 PDT 2008

On Oct 17, 2008, at 6:43 PM, Amanda Walker wrote:
> Agreed--and I'll repeat that I don't like eot; I was just surprised  
> by Dave's reaction (which I now have more insight into :-))
I think Dave may have stated things a bit hyperbolically. But I think  
it is true that EOT support in other browsers to some extent  
undermines the success of TTF fonts on the Web, just as support for  
VML in other browsers would likely undermine SVG to some extent.

Now, at some point a strong enough compatibility argument wins over  
the format war argument but it is worthwhile to explore alternatives.


> --Amanda
> On Oct 17, 2008 9:33 PM, "Maciej Stachowiak" <mjs at apple.com> wrote:
> On Oct 17, 2008, at 3:02 PM, David Hyatt wrote: > On Oct 17, 2008,  
> at 4:58 PM, Peter Kasting wrote...
> Some of the proposals there sound really interesting.
> 1) Detect when known unusually-encoded EOT fonts are used, and  
> convert text in that font on-the-fly to Unicode. This has the  
> advantage that features like "find in page" and copy/paste will work  
> correctly; apparently they normally do not when the font is encoded  
> in a way that doesn't match the server-stated text encoding.
> 2) Restrict EOT support to a hardcoded list of fonts and websites,  
> in the the cases where we know the compatibility issues are a  
> significant adoption barrier.
> I think either of these would be better than full-fledged EOT  
> support and I would tentatively say that #1 could lead to a better  
> overall user experience.
> Regards,
> Maciej
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