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Matthias Gutfeldt On Tue, 03 Apr 2001 20:33:29 +0200 on alt.html says --

Of course the user usually has the final word on what gets downloaded to his machine, be it site logos, images, or anything else. But suggesting a downloadable font is is part of CSS2: http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS2/fonts.html#font-descriptions.

I haven't checked whether any current browser actually implements it, though. There are several other, competing font embedding schemes, but AFAIK none of them really caught on. In a way, this is very strange: people readily download large site logos, annoying banner ads, obnoxious audio and whatnot - but they don't want to download a small font. I'd be interested if anybody knows why this is the case.

Incidentally, there's an article about @font-face at webreview.com: http://www.webreview.com/tag/2001/01_05_01.shtml. Another article discusses bitstream's TrueDoc, http://webreview.com/wr/pub/1999/02/19/feature/index.html.

Some more info

More, on the Microsoft side of things -- http://msdn.microsoft.com/workshop/author/fontembed/font_embed.asp

Comments --

I tried to figure this out some time back (meaning: found the docs, tutorials, saved the font in the relevant format, did everything "by the book") and it failed miserably. From what I've heard of others who tried, browser support isn't really "up to it" yet (if you want a cross-browser compatible solution). Let me know if I'm wrong, I'll be the first happy to learn it! Stephanie Booth

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