adam's grump of the day: icons in fonts (was Re: web-assets-httpd stuck in limbo?)

Matthew Miller mattdm at
Thu Jan 16 21:17:01 UTC 2014

On Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 12:44:12PM -0800, Adam Williamson wrote:
> > Well, it does seem that they're using the Private Use Areas, which are
> > specfically reserved for basically this purpose.
> > 
> Well, kinda. That still only works as long as you can be sure all your
> users are actually going to use your Special Font, though, because there
> is basically zero chance that any other font will contain the 'correct'
> symbols for your usage at the same codepoints in its PUA. I'd still
> argue it's really not appropriate to use it in any case at all where
> people might not actually want to use your

Right, this definitely trends towards a future of "What do you mean you want
to ruin the experience my web site delivers by trying to replace the font?"

There's probably legislation being drafted right now which makes doing so

Matthew Miller    --   Fedora Project    --    <mattdm at>

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