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Re: Why upgrade to Unicode: FAQ follow-up: CSS generic font families

From: Andrew Cunningham <andrewc@vicnet.net.au>
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 09:52:05 +1000
Message-ID: <425DB0A5.5050004@vicnet.net.au>
To: Deborah Cawkwell <deborah.cawkwell@bbc.co.uk>
Cc: public-i18n-geo@w3.org

Deborah Cawkwell wrote:
> 'Generic font family' is the correct term according to the current CSS (2) spec.

There are certain assumptions made wrt to "Generic font family".

One is that users actually do change the preferences/options in their 
web browsers to select preferred fonts. Mozilla/firefox allows you to 
specify diferent fonts for different generic styles.

IE only allows you to specify a proportional font and a monospaced font, 
so no idea how a user can control what font is selected when a generic 
font family is specified.

It also assumes that the languages in use a supported by common fonts on 
the OS.

For those languages that are only supported by a small number of 
specific fonts (and are unsopported by common fonts supporting that 
script), then there is little value in specifying a generic font family.

Just my 2 cents worth.

> "Generic font families are a fallback mechanism, a means of preserving some of the style sheet author's intent in the worst case when none of the specified fonts can be selected. For optimum typographic control, particular named fonts should be used in style sheets. [...]"
> http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-CSS2/fonts.html#generic-font-families
> There are 5: serif, sans-serif, cursive, fantasy, monospace.
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