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Fonts BOF in Mandelieu 2008



Around this time, W3C has to decide of it is possible to start a working group to develop a standard for font embedding on the Web. The starting point for the standard would be the EOT submission.

Dates & logistics

The meeting takes place on 23–24 October 2008, in Mandelieu (France). The host is W3C.

The meeting is part of the W3C TPAC. For more information (venue, hotel, etc.), see the TPAC 2008 page.

Registration is required. See list of registered participants.


Preliminary, the ongoing charter review may suggest other, more important topics. (This schedule uses hCalendar mark-up.)

Time Topic
09:00–10:30 Welcome, agenda, introductions
10:30–11:00 Coffee break
11:00–12:00 Use cases
12:00–13:00 Lunch
13:00–15:00* From use cases to requirements, priorities
15:00–15:30* Tea break
15:30–17:00* Roles of SVG, CSS, OpenType, etc.
09:00–10:30 Why (not) EOT?
10:30–11:00 Coffee break
11:00–12:00 Plan of action
12:00–13:00 Lunch
15:00–15:30 Tea break

* In parallel with AC meeting.

  1. Introductions
  2. Use cases for font use on the Web
  3. Ideal solutions for each use case
  4. What isn't possible/practical with current standards (SVG, CSS…)?
  5. Why is/isn't EOT a solution for those cases?
  6. What, if anything, needs to be done?
  7. Who has to do it?
  8. Time line
  9. Next meeting?

There may also be joint meetings with the CSS WG, SVG WG, XSL WG, and others, TBD.


The proposed Fonts WG is the second WG of the name. The first WG [member-only link] existed only for a brief period, from April 1996 (after the first W3C Printing Workshop) until September 1996. It wrote the first drafts of Web Fonts for CSS (the @font-face rule). The work was then divided over the CSS WG (for the Web Fonts part) and the DSig (Digital Signature) WG. The CSS WG finished the Web Fonts specification in 1998, as part of CSS level 2. The DSig WG created a generic digital signing framework, which, however, has never been applied to fonts.

Claude Garamond's portrait was etched around

Claude Garamond (1490–1561) was the creator of a typeface that was later named after him by Jean Jannon, the first one to create a re-cut of his designs. Many others have since created their own versions of Garamond, and new ones are still produced every now and then. But nowadays in OpenType instead of steel.

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Created September 2008. Last updated $Date: 2009/03/25 13:28:15 $ GMT