Thursday, June 22, 2006

Microsoft Wants a Font Fight

In 1996, a project named "Core fonts for the web" was started by Microsoft with the intention of allowing a select group of fonts to be used for free on the Internet. Among the fonts to be given said privilege were Arial, Comic Sans MS, Courier New, Verdana, Times New Roman, and Webdings.

In 2002, Microsoft did an about-face and stopped the project, stating most users have access to the fonts already via Windows XP and Mac OS X, the latter group when using Internet Explorer. They also stated there was abuse of their EULA when companies would repackage the fonts as their own.

Now a font fight has started between the behemoth of Redmond and the CTO of Opera Software. Check out the details by clicking here.


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