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How to build woff/web fonts from otf?

Hello,

I was wondering which tools are available to create/convert web fonts from OTF (cff) files? I'm on OSX and it could be command line tools as well.
I know there are more than a few sites available that can do it for you, but I'm looking at fonts that I'd like to convert myself and also test with OT features.

I've looked at sfntly from Google but it's still a work in progress and also does not handle OTF/CFF fonts.
There's an (old) tool from JKew (http://people.mozilla.org/~jkew/woff/) but could not test it yet (the pre-compiled version doesn't run atm).

Any ideas or pointers?

Regards,
Rolf

Somehow, for the life of me, I can't get Fontforge to generate a WOFF. In the Generate Fonts dialog, the Web Open Font Format is always greyed out (see attached screenshot). I am trying to convert a regular, otherwise working Opentype/CFF (.otf) file. Are there any prerequisites for generating a WOFF I am forgetting?

Does anyone have any tips on creating TTF files for @font-face usage? I have a script going in fontforge to generate all the basic formats for online (ttf,eot,woff,svg) but my one issue is how to get the TTF into a protected format. I have seen people export the TTF before where you cannot just open it locally, or install it. I know its not 100% bullet proof, but I am just curious does anyone know how to do this, preferably in fontforge?

New standard being installed on latest browsers (some now and later),
for example Mozilla Firefox and IE allows for fonts to be easily used
on Blogs and Websites. This is the Web Open Font Format or WOFF see
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_Open_Font_Format

BBT font introduced in 2008 for altering the k/K letter shapes for
spirituality has been updated for this new standard. Now you can use
it on Blogs with easy code snippet called @font-face and some changes
to the Blog CSS stylesheet.

This is a blog using the BBT font as an example: http://BBTfont.blogspot.com

Photo with the BBT font are here:

HTML for Websites < a href="http://tinypic.com?ref=33epjja"
target="_blank">

I was surprised after taking a superficial look at the Adobe fonts on Typekit. They appear to be autohinted TTFs converted from CFF by FontForge.

Considering the perceived tone on the TypeCon's webfont panel about how bad-for-the-industry autohinting is, has even Adobe accepted that this is "good enough" and not worth the time and money to build by hand?

Elk Grove Village, IL – April 14, 2010 – Ascender Corporation, a leading provider of advanced font products, announced a new web fonts service on its www.AscenderFonts.com site to appeal to web designers and web developers.

Web Fonts from Ascender is a new service to format websites with CSS @font-face using licensed downloadable fonts. Web Fonts eliminate the hassles and expense of using Flash, JavaScript or image replacement techniques for headlines. Web Fonts from Ascender also offers high quality text fonts for web designers to extend their typographic choice beyond the limited set of ‘web-safe’ fonts.

Would like to get some professional opinions on Cufón. Specifically, I'm wondering if you see it in a similar light as WOFF. IE: It is a web-only format and can't be installed on a desktop machine. I'm starting to see some designers offering Cufón support in their pro licenses.

So, would you equate the two to be similar? Can you see any downside to Cufón from an IP perspective?

The only downside I can see, is that 1) It is a text format and therefore easy to edit out domain links. 2) It is easily downloaded and installed on your own website. But it is impossible (from what I can tell) to turn back into an OTF. I can already turn a WOFF back into an OTF.

Why or why don't you support Cufón?

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