[MPEG-OTSPEC] AHG Kick-off - new email list, new mandates! IMPORTANT!

Levantovsky, Vladimir Vladimir.Levantovsky at monotype.com
Thu Feb 13 17:51:53 CET 2020

Dear members of the AHG on Font Format,

As Heraclitus once said, "The only constant in life is change", and this group is no exception!

You may have seen multiple Yahoo Groups notifications that they have removed all user-generated content from their servers. Since we've been using Yahoo Groups as our AHG host for over twelve years, we've enjoyed many good features they used to offer - most notable for this AHG were web archive of our emails and file storage facilities, which are now gone. Hence, we decided to transition to a more user-friendly environment and Christian Timmerer (who is a long-time email list host for all of MPEG) has graciously agreed to setup and host a new email list and also host the public email archive. Thank you Christian for all your help and hard work, and for making it easier to transition from one email list host to another!

Speaking about new email list and new email list archive - we've been able to preserve most [but not all] of the messages stored in the Yahoo Groups email archive, and transferred them to the new list. The archive is publicly available via this URL: https://lists.aau.at/pipermail/mpeg-otspec/
(A file containing small portion of the Yahoo Groups emails was corrupted and it looks like some of the old messages are now malformed and recorded as "January 2020" communications, which is obviously not the case. I hope we didn't lose much because of it, but the major portions of the old archive are preserved.) Please note that since the email list archive is public (as used to be the case with Yahoo archive), any email message sent to the AHG list can be seen by anyone outside this group. This is a very convenient feature if/when we need to share the information and invite outside experts to contribute to our work, but please keep this in mind and make sure that you do not include any information in our email communications that is not intended to be seen by general public. As it used to be the case, one needs to be a registered AHG list member to be able to send emails to the AHG email list, but the email archive can be seen by anyone!

All subscribers of the Yahoo Group list have been automatically re-subscribed to the new list, you should have received email notification about it. IMPORTANT - please note that the subscription notification email also contained a password automatically generated for you! You can change the password for something that is easier to remember but please DO NOT reuse any of the important/valuable passwords - the email list server will send you a reminder once a month about your active subscription status, and those reminders WILL include your password in CLEARTEXT, which is not a secure form of communication. For new members who wish to subscribe, or to change your subscription preferences, or to unsubscribe - please visit: https://lists.aau.at/mailman/listinfo/mpeg-otspec
Last but not least, this message is addressed to both old and new email lists; going forward we will only be using the new email list address: mpeg-otspec at lists.aau.at<mailto:mpeg-otspec at lists.aau.at>

New AHG Mandate!
At the last WG11 (MPEG) meeting in January, we received liaison statements from SC34 (available as input contribution m52545) and from W3C CSS Working Group (m52854, also available at https://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-archive/2020Feb/att-0005/CSS-SC29-20200113.pdf) where they identified certain technical issues (see Annex A of the CSS liaison) that may necessitate further changes to the OFF specification. Our mandate  [until the next MPEG meeting] is to:
1. To study the technical issues outlined in the liaison statements from SC34 (m52545) and from CSS WG (m52854)
2. Identify possible approaches to solving confirmed technical issues, and communicate with the members of CSS WG to discuss and resolve any identified ambiguities that need clarifications, or requirements for new features and technology to support new functionality.
3. Develop and propose to WG11 input contributions that would become the basis for a new work item, and suggest a way forward.

Welcome to the new(-ish) AHG on Font Format!

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