W3C WOFF File Format 1.0 Draft Released

Wednesday Jul 28th 2010 by Developer.com Staff

The first public working draft of the WOFF font format is now available.

The W3C has published a first public working draft of the WOFF font format specification.

The WOFF font format is designed to provide lightweight, easy-to-implement compression of font data, suitable for use in conjunction with the @font-face CSS declaration.

"This document specifies a simple compressed file format for fonts, designed primarily for use on the web. The WOFF format is a container for the table-based sfnt structure used in TrueType, OpenType and Open Font Format fonts, which are collectively referred to as sfnt-based fonts. A WOFF file is simply a repackaged version of a sfnt-based font with optional compression of the font data tables. The WOFF file format also allows font metadata and private-use data to be included separately from the font data. WOFF encoding tools convert an existing sfnt-based font into a WOFF formatted file, and user agents restore the original sfnt-based font data for use with a web page."

You can read the entire document here.

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