Microsoft, Opera and Mozilla create WOFF

Microsoft, Opera, and Mozilla have all teamed up in support of the Web Open Font Format or WOFF. According to the IEBlog they submitted the WOFF File Format 1.0 specification to W3C on April 8th 2010.

Any TrueType/OpenType/Open Font Format file can be losslessly converted to WOFF for Web use (subject to licensing of the font data); once decoded by a user agent, the WOFF font will display identically to the original desktop font from which it was created.

The WOFF format also allows additional metadata to be attached to the file; this can be used by font designers or vendors to include licensing or other information, beyond that present in the original font. Such metadata does not affect the rendering of the font in any way, but may be displayed to the user on request.

This would open up the web to any font a site designer chooses and not require the client to hold a bunch of fonts to make the site compatible. Two of the contributors to the possible standard are Tal Leming of Type Supply and Erik van Blokland of LettError; both are font designers that could see great benefits from something like this.

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Calum said,
Excellent. I wonder when we'll be able to use this in Trident and Webkit based browsers.
Can't imagine it'll take long for Webkit, and I'd expect it'll appear in IE9.

Old news. We web designers have known about this for ages. But it's good news never the less.

It's already supported in Firefox.

Meph said,
Old news. We web designers have known about this for ages. But it's good news never the less.

It's already supported in Firefox.


So it's not old news to those who are not web designers (a lot of Neowin readers) then?

Meph said,
Old news. We web designers have known about this for ages.
This is news about it after it has been submitted and published. Yes it obviously existed before then. But it hadn't been submitted or published. *sigh*

Meph said,
Old news. We web designers have known about this for ages. But it's good news never the less.

It's already supported in Firefox.


If its old news, why didnt you submit it

Kirkburn said,
This is news about it after it has been submitted and published. Yes it obviously existed before then. But it hadn't been submitted or published. *sigh*
FWIW, I was talking here about submission to W3C, not Neowin

thatguyandrew1992 said,
This will be amazing! I think every web designer wants this!
Yep, WOFF is a pretty neat thing. I personally use TypeKit, so my sites won't notice much of a difference, but it's nice to know that progress is being made on the web fonts front.

thatguyandrew1992 said,
This will be amazing! I think every web designer wants this!
Every web designer wants to kill IE because it simply sucks. Because even if it comes to ie9, ie7 and ie8 wont fadeout for another 500 years

Edited by Shishant, Apr 27 2010, 7:32pm :

Shishant said,
Every web designer wants to kill IE because it simply sucks. Because even if it comes to ie9, ie7 and ie8 wont fadeout for another 500 years

This is, of course, fanboy nonsense, every last word.

Shishant said,
Every web designer wants to kill IE because it simply sucks. Because even if it comes to ie9, ie7 and ie8 wont fadeout for another 500 years
What in heck does that have to do with this topic?

Shishant said,
Every web designer wants to kill IE because it simply sucks. Because even if it comes to ie9, ie7 and ie8 wont fadeout for another 500 years

We are finding ie8/ff 3.x and opera pretty much rendering stuff the same now

krustylicious said,

We are finding ie8/ff 3.x and opera pretty much rendering stuff the same now


Besides, since IE7 you can actually tell IE to use the W3C standards. Only flaw is a few minor CSS functions missing. Other then that, thanks to DOCTYPE IE7 and up render EXACTLY the same as Firefox/Opera/Chrome.

If your unknown with that as a 'webdesigner' you need to go find another job.

DARKFiB3R said,
Wish they'd team up on more stuff

You'd be surprised. Most standards created today are made by Microsoft, Mozilla, Apple, Google and Opera working together in W3C Working Groups. HTML5, for example.

Meph said,
Most standards created today are made by Microsoft, Mozilla, Apple, Google and Opera working together in W3C Working Groups. HTML5, for example.

LOL, I think you need to do a little more research on that one.

boogerjones said,

LOL, I think you need to do a little more research on that one.

March 10, 2007, Apple, Mozilla Foundation and Opera Software suggested W3C adopted the WHATWG spec as a starting point for HTML 5. May 7, 2007, the parties start cooperating. The HTML 5 draft editor is Ian Hickson of Google.

Among editors of the CSS spec is staff from Google and Opera.

Edited by Northgrove, Apr 27 2010, 8:26pm :

boogerjones said,

LOL, I think you need to do a little more research on that one.

I think you have it the wrong way round, my friend.