Web Font Linking

In theory, there is no reason why you should not be able to point a Web browser to a font file located on your Web server, have it download that font, and then use the font in your Web design—effectively linking the font file to the Web page. After all, this works just fine with images. Downloading fonts would seem to be the obvious solution for Web typography to be able to blossom, if only there were a way to tell the browser where the file is and how to use it. Surprisingly, there is a way, and it has been a part of the CSS standard for over ten years. So, where are all of the downloaded fonts?

The problems are deep and longstanding, centering around the concept of intellectual property (IP) and digital rights management (DRM). ...

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