[wp-trac] [WordPress Trac] #31552: Drop Google Webfonts from Core

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Sat Mar 7 11:23:46 UTC 2015

#31552: Drop Google Webfonts from Core
 Reporter:  Hinjiriyo           |      Owner:
     Type:  feature request     |     Status:  new
 Priority:  normal              |  Milestone:  Awaiting Review
Component:  External Libraries  |    Version:  4.1.1
 Severity:  normal              |   Keywords:
  Focuses:                      |
 As this article shows (1) using Google Fonts in the WP core opens a
 privacy hole. As you can read in the article's comments Google Fonts even
 slow down whole WP installations in some countries like China.

 "There is plugin for that...." - yes, but there are much more users not
 knowing that, as the WP team pointed out in the article "Our Philosopies"
 (2): "The average WordPress user simply wants to be able to write without
 problems or interruption." - and so does not want to search and install a
 plugin for such a special topic.

 Using Google Fonts is also against the philosopy "Clean, Lean, and Mean".
 Just using the browsers' built-in fonts is sufficient.

 I ask to delete using Google Fonts from the WP core and backend to improve
 privacy, security and performance.

 (1) http://fontfeed.com/archives/google-webfonts-the-spy-inside/
 (2) https://make.wordpress.org/core/handbook/our-philosophies/

Ticket URL: <https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/31552>
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