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Team Comment on "WOFF File Format 1.0" Submission

W3C is pleased to receive the WOFF File Format 1.0 Submission from the W3C Members:

  1. Microsoft Corporation
  2. Mozilla Foundation
  3. Opera Software ASA

and notes that this submission has already benefitted from community discussion and early implementation experience on the www-font@w3.org mailing list.

WebFonts is a technology for automatically downloading and temporarily installing fonts on demand over the Web, for the display of content (HTML/CSS, SVG, MathML ...) without requiring the reader to separately download and install fonts to their operating system. Historically, a variety of formats have been used for this task. What was lacking was a single, interoperable format which all implementations would use.

Given the increasing interest in WOFF from browser implementors, tool creators and type foundries is expected that WOFF will soon serve as that single, interoperable format and that other implementors will add support over time.

This relates to the following W3C Working Group: WebFonts.

Next Steps

W3C has already chartered the WebFonts Working Group to develop a W3C Recommendation for WOFF. This submission allows that technical work to commence.

We encourage people interested by Fonts on the Web in general to discuss on the www-font@w3.org mailing list (public archive). Read more about Fonts on the Web.


Chris Lilley, Fonts Activity lead; staff contact, WebFonts WG <chris@w3.org>.
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