[whatwg] Need document.available_fonts() call

Ashley Sheridan ash at ashleysheridan.co.uk
Tue May 11 04:28:34 PDT 2010

On Tue, 2010-05-11 at 12:32 +0300, Eitan Adler wrote:

> > Please note there's a rather strong privacy issue here. I don't want a
> > web page to be able - without my prior consent - to query the list of
> > fonts available in my system.
> You already have this problem if a website were to create a list of
> elements with a list of different fonts and use Javascript to
> determine which font is being displayed. [1]
> I'm not advocating opening another hole just because one already
> exists - I'm just pointing this out.
> [1] http://www.lalit.org/lab/javascript-css-font-detect

It's not as clear cut as you make it sound. That script works on the
basis that the glyphs within a font have different widths compared to
the same glyph of another font. What happens when two fonts have exactly
the same dimensions for their glyphs? The script will register a false
positive. As such, I don't think its a security flaw or anything to
overly worry about.


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