Re: [apps-discuss] font/*

"t.petch" <> Thu, 10 November 2011 18:11 UTC

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Frank Ellermann" <>
To: "t.petch" <>
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Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2011 12:24 PM

> Here's my obviously stupid question:  Mostly I'm
> happy with the fonts shipped with my current OS.
> Therefore I'd like a font/* only for the purpose
> of a "do not font me" HTTPbis feature, same idea
> as "do not track me" (with 5 GB per month at a
> reasonable download speed I don't want nonsense.)
> Actually I'd like a real Courier instead of the
> horrible "new courier", or a real Helvetica, as
> I had it on OS/2 (supplied by Adobe).
> Out of curiosity an "Everson" mono would be also
> nice, but sadly I know that this would a copyvio.
> And I'd be interested in these three fonts only
> once.  For the roughly 200,000 Unicode points.
> How is the font/* magic supposed to work, does
> cover only code points for a specific document?

I don't know what the proposal is.

What I see at present is that when I access certain web sites, I get a message
saying the my machine has not got the fonts installed to view the web site
properly and would I like the web site to instal some more for me.  NO WAY.  I
decide what and when I instal on my machine from where.  But I am curious, and
might try it when I have machine ready to be trashed, as to just how it would do
it.  I am assuming it would try to instal a .ttf file in  a suitable directory
(which I would expect to fail unless it is a temporary file).

I did ask the maintainers of the web site what was going on, and they had not a
clue.  My guess would be something Chinese or Korean (although the web site is

Tom Petch

> -Frank (likes Tahoma and Palatino Linotype)