John Allsopp has some really great thoughts on the trickier issues around embedding fonts in web pages. As you probably know, the real isn’t isn’t the technology, but rather the legalities and licensing. The reality is that font embedding is here (it’s supposed now by a few of the cutting edge browsers), and font foundries are just going to have to deal with it. There are several ways they can make money off it, if they’ll just get a little creative with their business model.
John Allsop wonders aloud whether or not most iPhone native apps should be web apps, instead. Although I don’t really share John’s lack of enthusiasm for native iPhone apps in general, I definitely think he has a point. Many of the best apps on the iPhone are simply interfaces to web content. Many of them don’t offer any real advantages over a similar web app. Developers would be wise to still consider the web app direction as a possibility, unless they specifically need to access native functionality such as the camera or location data — web apps are more compatible, more distributable, and arguably easier to develop.
Bowman has been out of the public eye a lot in the past yea and a half or so, and it’s definitely nice to see he’s still going strong and pushing our medium. A nice interview from one of the standards movement’s most significant figures, historically speaking.
John Allsop says: “I … think a different use pattern will emerge, one less focussed vertically on blogs and bloggers, but more horizontally on individual posts.” I think this is probably accurate. Good read.