The Web Open Font Format (WOFF)

The Web Open Font Format (WOFF)

The Web Open Font Format

The Web Open Font Format

The Web Open Font Format(WOFF) is a new font format for use in web pages.WOFF is essentially OpenType or TrueType with compression and additional metadata. The goal is to support font distribution from a server to a client over a network with bandwidth constraints.

This format was designed to provide lightweight, easy-to-implement compression of font data, suitable for use with CSS @font-face rules.

The WOFF format is not intended to replace other formats such as TrueType/OpenType/Open Font Format or SVG fonts, but provides an alternative solution for use cases where these formats may be less optimal, or where licensing considerations make their use less acceptable.

There are three main benefits to using WOFF:

1)The font data is compressed, so sites using WOFF will use less bandwidth and will load faster than if they used equivalent uncompressed TrueType or OpenType files.
2) Many font vendors that are unwilling to license their TrueType or OpenType format fonts for use on the web will license WOFF format fonts. This improves availability of fonts to site designers.
3) Both proprietary and free-software browser vendors like the WOFF format, so it has the potential of becoming a truly universal, interoperable font format for the web, unlike other current font formats.

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  1. Alexavier says:

    A wonderful job. Super helpful intrmoafion.

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