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Friday February 18th, 2000

What *one* feature would you most like Mozilla to have by final release? If it's already on the slate to be in the final release, let us know why it's important to you. Just click the Responses link to join the conversation! Our forums are quite civil, and we'd love to hear your opinions.


#221 TrueDoc? Mature spec? Plenty of tools??

by leafdigital

Tuesday February 22nd, 2000 4:38 AM

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If TrueDoc is a "mature spec with plenty of tools", could you point us to them? (Seriously, maybe I missed them.)

I'm particularly interested in a free or very cheap program for creating .pfr files. So far as I'm aware there are only two options, HexWeb (Mac only?) which costs $200 and some kind of "font wizard" from Bitstream which costs, er, $200. (Coincidence, or something more sinister?)

As far as maturity goes, OpenType is supported to some extent in both major operating systems and is based on TrueType (which has been around a while) and Adobe Type 1 (which has been around a while longer)... and there is not only a completely free tool to make .eot fonts [from fonts that you own and have presumably already paid for, after all] but also a free (Windows-only) SDK for developers to use...

Neither technology has been used to any extent on the Web.

Basically, if TrueDoc is included at all in Mozilla, I would like to see it working via @font-face rules - that must be a relatively trivial change as it's syntactic and requires no extra functionality - but OpenType would really be a far better option at this point. (Even if only because it then creates a de facto standard, since the "other browser" supports it.)

--sam