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Tech of Web fonts implementation

Thomas Phinney, Si Daniels

TypeTech TT05 | Palace A
Wednesday 17 September | 15:00 – 15:50

Theme TypeTech by ATypI | Duration: 50 minutes

How does the CSS referencing of Web fonts actually work, when used either with original font files or EOT fonts on a Web server? How "safe" are the fonts in either case, and what additional measures can be used? Following the technical discussion, there will be open discussion with the audience as to their interests and concerns, as well as what different foundries' EULAs currently allow, and what they intend to allow in the future.

Speaker details

Thomas Phinney


Thomas Phinney is senior product manager for font solutions at Extensis. From 1997-2008 he worked in type at Adobe, lastly as product manager for fonts and global typography. Thomas is involved in the design, technical, forensic, business and historical aspects of type, treasurer of ATypI, and writes for Communication Arts and as well as He has testified in court as an expert witness, and was twice quoted in the Washington Post regarding the presumably forged National Guard memos concerning US President Bush. Thomas has an MS in printing from RIT, and an MBA from UC Berkeley. His typeface Hypatia Sans is an Adobe Original

Si Daniels

Lead Program Manager for Fonts Microsoft | USA

Si Daniels is a program manager in Microsoft’s typography group. He is a graduate of the typography and graphic communication program at The University of Reading in Berkshire, England. Si has responsibility over most of Microsoft’s western and middle-eastern typefaces, the Microsoft typography Web site (, and works with Microsoft’s diverse software, hardware and marketing groups on font related issues. He is a member of the ATypI Board. Si is one of the “bastards” referenced in his talk’s title. He has been working on web fonts, font embedding, font packaging and font redistribution issues for over twelve years. In the past two years, he has moderated or delivered talks on Web fonts at TypeCon, ATypI, and the first Business of Type conference.

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