Web Embedding: FAQ
After extensive feedback from users and website developers, we've amended our policy on webfonts - allowing more formats, increasing flexibility, and simplifying our procedures. This revised policy applies from 28 March 2011.
With the rapid and widespread support for downloadable fonts in the latest releases of several major web browsers, we're increasingly being asked whether our fonts are available for use in this way. With this in mind, we've prepared this FAQ to help answer some of these questions. Note that the Aller fonts distributed under the free licence have some specific differences.
- What is the easiest way to use Dalton Maag fonts on my website?
- Dalton Maag fonts are now available on the hosted webfont service WebINK, from Extensis.
They look after all licensing and technical requirements for cross-browser delivery, and provide easy-to-use CSS. You don't even need to own a standard licence for the fonts you want to use on the web.
If you choose a hosted webfont service, the detail is taken care of for you, and the rest of this FAQ won't apply to you.
- If I want to do the work myself, does Dalton Maag allow its fonts to be hosted on my webserver and served to visitors to allow pages to be displayed correctly?
- Yes, our standard licence agreement allows the use of our fonts on the web, but we require that they are converted to web-specific formats first, details of which are below. Raw font files must not be placed in any location where they would accessible outside of the organization which holds the licence.
The total number of users of the font must be within the number of users for which the organization holds a licence. We regard 1,000 unique website visitors per day as being equivalent to 1 standard desktop user for licensing purposes.
- My website has several thousand visitors a day - do I need a very large user licence?
- Probably not. Website visitors can be included in user numbers for our standard licence, with the equivalence of 1,000 unique site visitors per day counting as 1 desktop user licence.
To help manage peak traffic levels, we allow the concession that you can disregard the busiest day in every seven day period.
So, for example, a 25 user licence would allow 5 users within an organization plus 20,000 unique website visitors per day, or 20 internal users plus 5,000 website visitors per day, or any other equivalent mix. Note that a single user licence can be used either for the web, or for a desktop user, and can't be double-counted.
- How do I know how many unique visitors my website receives?
- Your site administrator should be able to establish this from your site logs, or you can use a tool such as Google Analytics to analyse it further.
- What happens if my site gains in popularity, or I take on more staff, and the combined figure exceeds the size of my licence?
- Contact us as soon as this happens and we can arrange a retrospective licence extension.
- In which web font formats does Dalton Maag allow its fonts to be used?
- We allow EOT, WOFF, SVG, and Cufón, provided the file has been produced especially for the web and can't be reused as a desktop font. The tool recommended below will produce files which conform to this requirement when used in "WebOnly" mode. Contact us if you need information about formats other than these.
- Does Dalton Maag sell fonts in these web format?
- No, these files are all trivially derived from the OpenType desktop font files as they are needed.
- What is the easiest way to get files that I can use on the web?
- We recommend Font Squirrel's free web-based Generator, but require that you use Expert mode with "WebOnly" enabled. The Generator gives you many options on format and features, and should be flexible enough for most users.
- Does Dalton Maag allow linking to raw desktop font files with CSS @font-face rules?
- No, files must have been through "WebOnly" processing, or an equivalent, to be allowable.
- Some other foundries which also allow their fonts to be used on websites only allow it for non-commercial use - is Dalton Maag's position the same?
- No. Our standard licence allows fonts to be used on commercial or non-commercial websites, in any format we regard as suitable, as set out above. All we require is that the total number of users, counting 1,000 website visitors per day as being equivalent to one desktop user, is within the licensed number of users.
- What about using fonts in static images on my website?
- The licence covers the point at which a bitmap image is created, not when it is viewed. Static images, provided they're not usable as a font by the viewer, are outside the terms of our licence. You only need to be within the licensed number of users when the images are made.
- What about using fonts in items I supply or sell, which are designed or specified on my website?
- The design of the item would be covered by this FAQ, and the actual sale and supply is covered by our standard EULA. In summary, printed documents and physical items don't require an additional licence, electronic documents and items may require an additional licence - contact us for details.
- What about on-demand server-side font rasterization solutions, such as FLIR, which serve bitmap graphics to the user?
- For consistency and ease of implementation, we regard these as the same as other webfont formats, so all we require is that the total number of users, counting 1,000 website visitors per day as being equivalent to one desktop user, is within the licensed number of users.