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Re: .screenfonts [and optical sizes]

From: Thomas Phinney <tphinney@cal.berkeley.edu>
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2009 14:59:23 -0400
Message-ID: <f49ae6ac0907171159v5d708fbcgb9302273b806f962@mail.gmail.com>
To: Ben Weiner <ben@readingtype.org.uk>
Cc: www-font <www-font@w3.org>
On Fri, Jul 17, 2009 at 6:55 AM, Ben Weiner<ben@readingtype.org.uk> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> Gustavo Ferreira wrote:
>>
>> (I am aware that OpenType has a mechanism for dealing with optical sizes,
>> but this is not yet widely supported and I haven't heard of any plans to do
>> so in the near future.)
>
> Supported within fonts or by font-handling software?

Mostly the latter, but both to some degree.

> I would love to hear that existing high-quality fonts that do not support
> this mechanism could be re-issued to include the support,

They could be, sure.

> but I guess that is not likely.

Probably not, due to lack of app support.

> In which case, it would be great to have the information
> expressed in the web font wrapper and move the task of supporting it towards
> browser software authors.

I don't really see that. There's already a location for the info that
coudl be used for both the desktop and the web, and replacing that
with a web-only approach would be a step backwards. Even adding a
web-only approach would be unfortunate, as getting the existing
mechanism supported would put pressure on other software vendors to do
the same.

Cheers,

T
Received on Friday, 17 July 2009 19:00:05 GMT

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