[Pkg-fonts-devel] fonts.debian.net proposal -- web fonts

Daniel Kahn Gillmor dkg at fifthhorseman.net
Fri Aug 26 16:18:14 UTC 2011

On 08/26/2011 12:13 PM, Khaled Hosny wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 11:32:07AM +0100, Dave Crossland wrote:
>>>> What if http://fonts.debian.net/ could generate web font files (in at
>>>> least the standard eot form, maybe in woff as well) and publish them
>>>> under a stable URL?
>>> EOT is not standard, and is only supported by Internet Explorer.>
>> It is 'standard' but not 'a standard' - it is widespread, and I
>> believe support for it is necessary for useful web font serving. There
>> is free software that implements most of the format, ttf2eot, but the
>> MTX compression parts of EOT format are patent encumbered in the USA.
> I totally agree, but OP makes it sound like EOT is all what one needs
> and WOFF is an extra, while it is the other way around now latest
> versions of all major browsers now support WOFF, so if I'm to pick a
> single format it would definitely be WOFF.

Well, i did write that, but mainly out of ignorance.  I don't really
know that much about the underlying tech.  Thank you for the
corrections; let me clarify that i'd be happy to see something like this
using a well-documented, unencumbered, publicly-specified format that is
widely implemented in modern browsers :)

WOFF does sound like the way to go.  Do we have any tools in debian that
can convert fonts to WOFF?


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