Bug 44404

Summary: [@font-face] show fallback text after a short time while a font downloads
Product: WebKit Reporter: Paul Irish <paulirish>
Component: TextAssignee: Nobody <webkit-unassigned>
Severity: Normal CC: hyatt, mitz, phiw2, simon.fraser, yuzo
Priority: P2    
Version: 528+ (Nightly build)   
Hardware: All   
OS: All   

Description Paul Irish 2010-08-22 21:53:07 PDT
Example: Go to http://people.mozilla.com/~jkew/woff/udhr-sample/index.html.
Choose the 3rd option for display; it's a *large* font download, so you see a
delay. The text will stay invisible the entire time.

This effect is exacerbated on mobile devices and in low-bandwidth situations, preventing the user from seeing any text.

The solution that's been considered in www-style is to use a fallback font (whatever is next in the stack) after a few seconds if the font hasn't downloaded/isn't ready.

Associated mozilla bug: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=499292

More related detail:
Comment 1 Yuzo Fujishima 2010-09-12 22:24:05 PDT

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 25207 ***