Web 字体的出路在哪里?

浏览器直接可用的 Web 字体在去年被重新提起,可是没过一段时间就沉寂下去,最近一期 [A List Apart](http://www.alistapart.com/) 上 Jeffrey Zeldman 采访 David Berlow 的这篇 [Real Fonts on the Web](http://www.alistapart.com/articles/realfontsontheweb) 又引起了新一轮的讨论,这里摘录一些有趣的话。

David Berlow:
> How important dynamically rendered type is to design and use on the web must now be clear. In addition, the only other option—that the type industry cede its intellectual property to the public without permission—is not going to happen.

[Tal Leming](http://talleming.com/2009/04/21/web-fonts/):
> There should be a new file extension for this. I propose “.wtf” – “WebType Font”.

[Mark Pilgrim](http://diveintomark.org/archives/2009/04/21/fuck-the-foundries):
> … What he fails to mention is that *every font-consuming application on every platform on every computer on Earth* will need to be “upgraded” to “respect” this permissions table. Because otherwise they’re not really permissions, are they? They’re just useless bits taking valuable chunks out of my metered bandwidth plan. Like the [bozo bit](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bozo_bit) without the bozo.

[Jonathan Hoefler](http://www.typography.com/):
> All of the type designers I know desperately want to find a way to enable people to use fonts online, and not just because we’re capitalist stooges, but because we live our lives online.

[Bruce Schneier](http://www.schneier.com/crypto-gram-0108.html#7):
> Truth be told, I don’t know. I feel rather like the physicist who just explained relativity to a group of would-be interstellar travelers, only to be asked: ‘How do you expect us to get to the stars, then?’ I’m sorry, but I don’t know that, either.


Author: Jiang Jiang

A software engineer from China, working on some OS for a fruit company. Interested in typography and science fiction.

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