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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.

Presentation details

OpenType 1.6 developments

TypeTech TT01 | Room Palace A
Wednesday 17 September | 09:40 – 10:30

Theme TypeTech by ATypI | Duration: 50 minutes

Si Daniels and Thomas Phinney give an overview of new OpenType spec developments of the past year, which have gone into the published version 1.5 spec and the coming version 1.6 spec, as well as being planned for the ISO Open Font Format spec. Changes include both clarifications and new functionality.

Tech of Web fonts implementation

TypeTech TT05 | Room 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.

“...mean bastards, even though Matthew did some cool stuff for them...”

Session A11 | Room Palace A
Saturday 20 September | 14:00 – 14:50

Theme Screen | Duration: 50 minutes

A talk about Matthew Carter’s font design work for Microsoft. We use them every day, on the Web, in e-mail, and in print, and during the summer of 2007, in preparation for a TypeCon exhibition on the subject, Microsoft’s Si Daniels delved into the archives, interviewing participants and gathering material in an effort to uncover the unwritten history of Verdana, Georgia, and Tahoma.

The war over web fonts
Panel discussion

Panel session A12 | Room Palace A
Saturday 20 September | 15:00 – 15:50

Theme Screen | Duration: 50 minutes

The typographer and Web designer’s dream of being able to use any font they want for Web page authoring is finally becoming a reality. Or is it? Why are there two competing approaches, and what does each one offer? What is their status in terms of standardization and implementation? Typography and Web publication guru Roger Black moderates presentations and discussions with promoter of native fonts on Web servers Håkon Lie (Opera) and proponents of the more protected EOT format (Si Daniels of Microsoft, Thomas Phinney of Adobe).

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