[whatwg] Need document.available_fonts() call

Ashley Sheridan ash at ashleysheridan.co.uk
Wed May 12 04:31:21 PDT 2010

On Wed, 2010-05-12 at 09:30 +0300, timeless wrote:

> On Wed, May 12, 2010 at 5:37 AM, JustFillBug <mozbugbox at yahoo.com.au> wrote:
> > How about cloud computing? Gimp or CorelDraw like applications.  There
> > are already bitmap and vector editors in html5 using javascript. A user
> > should be allowed to make use of the large amount of fonts site on his
> > hard disk. Especially desktop publishing applications.
> >
> > Legal embeding of font is not a specific problem to cloud computing.
> > Desktop applications had that problem since day one. So it is not like
> > suddenly this is a problem. Just solve it like it's always been, through
> > legal system.
> This is a bad argument.
> Traditional desktop publishing applications (especially CorelDraw)
> included licenses for a large set of fonts because they needed
> reliable fonts and a large set and user systems had neither.
> Modern browsers have support for downloadable fonts. Let these
> applications license and host their own downloadable fonts, just as
> they did in the "good old days".

I agree, it's a completely different argument. Desktop applications are
on a single computer, which is often covered by the license. Cloud
computing, but its very nature, spans more than one, at which point a
lot of licenses would fail.

Users cannot be trusted in this case to check the license which would
apply to every font they might want to use, and that's not even
considering how infeasible this would actually be (you'd first have to
determine where you got the font from, and then find the license that
applied to that font)


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