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Re: [Bug-gnuzilla] Allow Free Fonts from websites option

From: ng0
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnuzilla] Allow Free Fonts from websites option
Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2017 11:09:53 +0000

Forget this idea, it will just not work out. I don't know that much
of the internals of Firefox, but I'm pretty sure there is no concept
for a limited list of fonts in Firefox.

And with that we arrive again at lists. A list will always be limited.
Let's just assume that in theory you were able to do this. Will this be
an __optional__ thing? Because you will not be able to cover all the FOSS
fonts ever, and you will have a very hard time dealing with the joy that is
lack of versions or any kind of associated metadata in the font creator
community. Those who care to do it are I assume in the minority or have
been bothered enough by operating systems.

Personally I have started on a side-quest to make all fonts which are bundled
at fonts.google.com, which is just a 3rd party irregular updated repository,
to be able to be used without it through Guix.

To try and rule over fonts is impossible. Okay, it is 2017 and most fonts are
under a free license or at least the one which I know of. Nevertheless there are
commerical fonts, and some people pay money for them. If I wanted to default to
seeing the fonts - which might even be hosted on the server of the website you
are visiting because they aquired a license for it - I should have the option
to do so.

There are better ways to waste your time. Unless you start filling up some 
font database or create a new one which can be queried and/or even included 
to be searched by applications, in that case I'd say go for it. Everything else
is just hopeless and doomed (avoid static lists!).

Narcis Garcia transcribed 1.2K bytes:
> If fonts have no license metadata, then this distinction is not a well
> doable.
> What user-side can do is to have some plugin that replaces web-requested
> fonts to a catalog of FOSS ones, but not the browser itself.
> El 08/08/17 a les 22:51, ng0 ha escrit:
> > How would you check the license of a font at runtime?
> > Hardcoding names? Not an option, please don't even think about it.
> > Maintaining a list of fonts that are considered free? That could become
> > outdated very soon and will never be 100% complete. Off the table aswell.
> > 
> > So far this is the start of an early idea, not a start for an proposal.
> > 
> > David Hedlund transcribed 3.2K bytes:
> >> It is not unchecked in icecat 52.2.1 for Trisquel 7.
> >>
> >>
> >> On 2016-06-05 00:26, Alejandro Hernández wrote:
> >>> Hi,
> >>>
> >>> Icecat has uncheck this typography option by default:*Allow pages to 
> >>> choose their own fonts*.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> I would like to*allow sites to choose their own fonts*  *ONLY IF THEY ARE 
> >>> FREE SOFTWARE*. It would be good there were an*option*  for that.
> >>>
> >>> Sonrisa
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> Thanks.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> --
> >>> http://gnuzilla.gnu.org
> >>
> > 
> >> --
> >> http://gnuzilla.gnu.org
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > --
> > http://gnuzilla.gnu.org
> > 
> --
> http://gnuzilla.gnu.org

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