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WEFT 3 release notes


Create font objects

After clicking next you will be presented with the Create font objects screen.

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On this screen you need to give WEFT two pieces of related but very different information.

  • Firstly tell WEFT where you want it to place the font objects it is about to create. This could be a local hard disk, network drive or Web server.

  • Secondly tell WEFT the Web addresses of pages that should be allowed to use the font objects. This prevents unauthorized Web pages from using them. This process is know as 'URL binding' or entering 'allowed roots'.


Font object location

On this screen you should enter the full ftp, http, gopher or file location where you want the font objects to be created.

Note: Most Web servers won't let you upload files using http. In many cases it's easier to specify a location on a local drive and use other tools to copy the font objects to your server.


Allowed roots - URL binding

Have you ever created original GIFs and JPEGs for your site, only to discover weeks later that someone has been reusing them on their site without your permission? Have you ever thought how great it would be if your images could somehow be tied to your site's address so that they couldn't be reused in this way? Tying or 'binding' a GIF to a particular Web site URL isn't yet possible, but URL binding is a feature, and W3C mandated requirement, for font objects distributed over the Web.

Use the 'Mirror sites' button to add as many root addresses as necessary. If your pages are accessed from an address below 'http://www.microsoft.com/' you would enter this as an allowed root. You should also add the root addresses of any mirror sites, test sites, or Intranet sites where these pages might be posted.

Figure. Mirror sites

If you want to be able to access your pages from a local or mapped network disk for test purposes, include 'file://c:\' (substituting 'c:' for the correct drive) as a mirror site.

You need to specify the root address of pages that will link to the font objects. When a page links to a font object, Internet Explorer will not use the font object unless the URL of the page matches one of the allowed roots. This is an important security precaution designed to stop other sites from linking to font objects you've created.


Options on this screen

Enter the location where the font objects will be created :

  • Protocol : Use this menu to select the protocol you want WEFT to use to upload your font objects to your server. For Web pages on a local or network drive select 'file://' and for pages on a Web server select 'http://'. Other protocols are also listed. By default WEFT will specify the protocol used when analyzing your Web pages. Note that in many cases you will need to specify a different protocol and location when uploading font objects and modified Web pages to your server. For example you may have used the http:// protocol when analyzing Web pages, but will specify an FTP: address when uploading the font objects and modified pages.

  • Location : Enter the URL address where the font objects should be placed. By default WEFT will specify the URL address used when analyzing your Web pages. Note that in many cases you will need to specify a different protocol and location when uploading font objects and modified Web pages. For example you may have used an http:// URL when analyzing Web pages, but will specify an FTP: address when uploading the font objects and modified pages.

  • Browse '...' : Use this option to manually navigate to the location you want to upload the font objects to. First select the desired protocol and then click '...'.

Font objects may only be used from pages under these roots :

  • Location : Here specify the root address of pages that will link to the font objects. When a page links to a font object, Internet Explorer will not use the font object unless the URL of the page matches one of the allowed roots. This is an important security precaution designed to stop other sites from linking to font objects you've created.

  • Mirror sites... : Use this option to add additional allowed roots.

Create font declarations with relative URLs : The code WEFT writes into modified Web pages may contain absolute or relative links to font objects.

Show CSS @font-face declarations : When this option is selected WEFT will present the code it will add to your modified Web pages in a form which allows them to be cut and pasted into your pages manually.

Skip Web font creation : Select this option to skip the creation of font objects.

Back : Use this button to return to the 'Fonts to embed' screen.

Next : Click here to move on to the 'Publish Web pages' screen.

Cancel : This button will exit the WEFT wizard and return you to the main WEFT screen.




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