FW: [mpeg-OTspec] RE: font media types

Levantovsky, Vladimir vladimir.levantovsky at monotypeimaging.com
Tue Apr 5 23:35:58 CEST 2011

Forwarding to the AHG list on behalf of Chris Lilley

-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Lilley [mailto:chris at w3.org] 
Sent: Tuesday, April 05, 2011 5:18 PM
To: Levantovsky, Vladimir
Cc: Sairus Patel; Thomas Phinney; John Hudson; David Lemon; OTspec; Tab Atkins; Karsten Luecke
Subject: Re: [mpeg-OTspec] RE: font media types

On Tuesday, April 5, 2011, 11:00:50 PM, Vladimir wrote:
LV> b)      The inability to render a particular type of outlines
LV> would prevent an application from displaying the text, the
LV> inability to process a layout table may cause text to not look
LV> good/right but would still allow producing something readable or,
LV> at least, visible. I don’t think that intended use of MIME types
LV> is to communicate every possible detail about a resource, but it
LV> does offer a chance to skip the downloading a resource that cannot be processed.

Well put.

For the Adobe folks, its the difference between 'this application does not support TIFF' and 'this application supports some/most TIFFs (but hey, not *that* one, are you crazy?)'

 Chris Lilley   Technical Director, Interaction Domain                 
 W3C Graphics Activity Lead, Fonts Activity Lead
 Co-Chair, W3C Hypertext CG
 Member, CSS, WebFonts, SVG Working Groups

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