The World Wide Web Consortium's Web Fonts Working Group has launched version 1.0 of the Web Open File Format (WOFF), compression technology that will provide a platform for open source and commercial providers to make their fonts easily available across the Web.
The majority of text rendered on the Web is currently done in a small number of typefaces, including Arial, Veranda, and Times New Roman. WOFF will provide a platform for fonts that can be used by all browsers. After a font owner posts a font in a WOFF container on the Web, a browser uncompresses the font and uses it to render the text. Web pages specify the font needed with a Cascading Style Sheets-based declaration.
The major Web browser makers are all adding or considering adding WOFF support to their programs, and Mozilla already provides WOFF support in Firefox version 3.6. The open source Fontforge font editor also will support WOFF.
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