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21 October 2009, 11:35

Mozilla to support Web Open Font Format in Firefox 3.6

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Mozilla has announced that it 's now officially endorsing the Web Open Font Format (WOFF) specification. The WOFF specification is a new web font format developed by Mozilla, Type Supply LettError and several other organisations.

According to Mozilla, the specification uses a compressed version of the table-based sfnt structure that's used by TrueType, OpenType and the Open Font Format. It also adds metadata and private-use data structures, including predefined fields that can be used by foundries or vendors to provide optional license information. Mozilla hopes that, unlike other current font formats, WOFF will become "a truly universal, interoperable font format for the web".

The Mozilla developers have confirmed that they will be implementing the specification starting with Firefox 3.6. Following a one week delay, the first beta for the minor update to Firefox 3.5, which included support for linking to TrueType and OpenType fonts, is expected to be released later today. According to a Sun blog post, the final version of Firefox 3.6, scheduled for next month, will require Java SE 6 Update 10 or later.

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