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Prefer local fonts over CDN ones #44
Considering there's some privacy issues to use CDN-centralised font-faces (Open Sans and Font Awesome), I'd suggest to add them in the assets. I don't want the readers of a site I deploy to be tracked by such a little thing as fonts.
It could be ugly, just copying and deflating the zip files in a new directory,
But there's still an ugly part doing so, there's to much files we don't need for a theme in these. What do you think of it?
I don't really feel that using fonts loaded from a CDN poses a large enough privacy issue for this to be a concern. To me the benefits of the saved resources outweigh the privacy issue. Most users that are worried about being tracked will likely be using a browser plugin to prevent it anyway. I'd like to keep the theme as simple as possible for people to use and I think using git submodules would make things overly complicated for non technical/git users.
I understand that using submodules isn't the easiest solution to download (I don't know if an archived repository adjoin them, and I think it doesn't), and I'm sure it isn't the cleanest one too, as it includes many unneeded files (maybe dangerous ones); I can work on a cleaner yet lightweight patch without using user unfriendly submodules.
I understand it would be complicated to deploy your theme for those who only know
I deployed this patch on my server, and I see no resource overload with a good cache control policy. Anyway, I have absolutely no control on cache control policy in the case of CDN-served libraries and it should bother any webmaster. And if they're on my own server, one reader won't have to wait for a CORS call to succeed: if the server respond at first bits, the fonts will be served with no delay.
Furthermore, I think the worst privacy issues are the sum of bening behaviors. One developper will see no arm on his own side if he uses a CDN for the libraries he needs, but the CDN owners will see a big advantage to have the access logs of those loading pages that integrates the incriminated CDN contents. I'm a blog writter, not a personal data reseller. I'm not some kind of quisling.
Besides, I don't think that only those who are aware of these issues and other not-so-wrong-paranoids have some kind of right to preclude the loading of these contents. There's not enough paranoids to make a change, and too much of those who won't lift a finger. Webmasters and developers have to mind their own behavior: they're those who can make it change.
Furthermore, I think that those worried of being tracked (everyone should be worried about it, and not just whine around when they suddenly give a damn about their private life) have also the right of a well aligned, well displayed and well formated website, including fonts, icons, etc.
So I'm suggesting to give the fonts with the theme. I can work on it to make both lightweight and easy to install for the webmasters, and easy to update for you or the contributors.