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The Ugly Truth About the WebMay 19, 2009, 21:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martin Streicher)
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"And, alas, due to technical and legal complications, the Web is likely to remain a typographically monotonous place for the foreseeable future. It's a catch-22. While CSS2 supports Web fonts, the feature remains largely untested because foundries, designers, developers, and operators have yet to find an equitable licensing scheme for typefaces.(Like other creative works, a typeface is protected by copyright. To use a typeface within a page, a site must have the right to publish it, making it available to all consumers.) Meanwhile, there's little incentive to break the legal stalemate because applicable standards aren't widely implemented, even years after ratification.
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