Re: [apps-discuss] font/*

Lyndon Nerenberg <lyndon@orthanc.ca> Wed, 09 November 2011 18:05 UTC

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On 2011-11-09, at 9:56 AM, Julian Reschke wrote:

> In HTTP:
> 
> 	Accept: font/*
> 
> (not sure whether it would be useful, but at least that's one thing you need a top level type for...)

I was just about to argue the more general case.  IMAP is another place where there is utility in being able to recognize font blobs outright, without requiring knowledge of specific font representations.  E.g. a text-only IMAP client could ignore all font/* sections without having to annoy the end-user, who probably doesn't know what an application/opentype is.

Also, font/* with well defined parameters makes possible aggressive caching of fonts on bandwidth-constrained mobile clients.  XMPP immediately leaps to mind.

--lyndon