HTML 5, CSS 3, DRM & fonts

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I’m at home with the flu at the moment, so taking the opportunity to un-star some items in Google Reader; this post is a link-dump with a little added comment.

A few of them have been in my favourites for a couple of months, so apologies if you’ve seen them already.

First, a new working draft of HTML 5 has been released, with a list of changes since the last version. Mostly API calls, although a new spellcheck attribute has been introduced.

Representatives of Mozilla, Microsoft and Opera presented talks on CSS 3 at SXSWI, and have made the slides available to view. They have some good demos & examples of upcoming features, and hint that the Internet Explorer team may be doing an iterative release later this year. Fingers crossed.

Sitepoint reports on the extraordinary lengths that an Australian business site has gone to to stop having their content re-used. The author plays up the search engine indexing angle, but to me that’s less of an issue; if you don’t want your site indexed, you can use robots.txt. In fact this is a way to stop people from copying and pasting your content, which is far more extraordinary. It’s also two fingers up (or just one, if you’re not British) to anyone using a screen reader.

Mark Pilgrim posted an angry attack on font manufacturers in his post Fuck the foundries which, I have to say, I completely agree with. Sitepoint suggest we be proactive by buying a font (good) and letting foundries know we would pay extra to use them as web fonts (bad).

I believe that the problem of font piracy has been overstated; they don’t have the mainstream appeal of media like films or music, for a start. And it’s not as if they’re hard to find right now; I just performed a Google search and found a copy of Helvetica in seconds. Foundries need to leave behind the idea that every unlicensed copy is a sale lost (some people would never pay for a font) and instead focus on potential sales to conscientious users who would happily buy a font to use on the web, at the same price as a font used for print.

Finally, if you want to make the most out of your fonts you need to see these presentations on typography from Richard Rutter and Jon Tan.

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