ars technica looks
at Web Open Font Format (WOFF), which has come about from a collaboration of two separate web font efforts. Mozilla's Jonathan Kew and two type designers, Tal Leming and Erik van Blokland, had both been working on font formats for the web. They have now joined forces on WOFF. "WOFF combines the work of Leming and Blokland had done on embedding a variety of useful font metadata with the font resource compression that Kew had developed. The end result is a format that includes optimized compression that reduces the download time needed to load font resources while incorporating information about the font's origin and licensing. The format doesn't include any encryption or DRM, so it should be universally accepted by browser vendorsthis should also qualify it for adoption by the W3C.
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