Re: Seriffed and sans-serif fonts?

Michal Young (young@cs.purdue.edu)
Wed, 19 Apr 1995 12:56:27 -0500


Message-Id: <199504191753.MAA22806@aleta.cs.purdue.edu>
Date: Wed, 19 Apr 1995 12:56:27 -0500
To: philipp@res.enst.fr, Multiple recipients of list <www-html@www10.w3.org>
From: young@cs.purdue.edu (Michal Young)
Subject: Re: Seriffed and sans-serif fonts?

>Examples of usage of text and idioms are given in seriffed fonts.
>Comments on the utilisation and the parts of speech, ie. the
>annotation itself, needs to be rendered in a sans-serif font.
>It doesn't really matter which: universe, avant-garde, helvetica,
>geneva, etc.

Isn't this what style sheets are all about?  You define a hierarchy of
logical tags that distinguishes between examples and comments, and you give
suggested fonts for each.  The user can override them (perhaps the user is
running a text-to-speech browser and prefers a female voice for examples
and a male voice for comments), but the map to actual fonts/characteristics
should match the "shape" of your hierarchy of logical tags.

Am I misunderstanding the basic ideas here?

>Can we introduce a new mechanism?  <ss> (for sans-serif)?

The last thing we need is a proliferation of hard-wired physical formatting
tags -- there is just no end to it.  An extensible logical tagging system
can always be subverted for physical tagging, but it's very hard to recover
logical structure from physical tags.


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