Re: Netscape says CSS1 and Unicode support to be in NS 4.0

David Perrell (davidp@earthlink.net)
Tue, 3 Dec 1996 12:52:00 -0800


Message-Id: <199612032101.NAA23390@andorra.it.earthlink.net>
From: "David Perrell" <davidp@earthlink.net>
To: "Chris Lilley" <chris@w3.org>
Cc: <www-html@w3.org>, <chris@w3.org>
Subject: Re: Netscape says CSS1 and Unicode support to be in NS 4.0
Date: Tue, 3 Dec 1996 12:52:00 -0800

Chris Lilley wrote:
> I wrote:
> > and best if it were also a generalized solution that was neither 
> > exclusively CSS nor CSS-excluding.
> 
> The proposed solution does indeed build onto CSS1. Can you explain
> more what you mean by this sentence?

Once loaded, fonts should be accessible without regard to method of
loading, so that if 'web-font' were a downloaded font, even FONT
FACE="web-font" would still render in the font. Given Netscape's past
record of ad hoc tag invention, I worried that there would be some very
focussed font load/specify solution that couldn't evolve and would
require a new mechanism if, say, DSSSL were supported later.

I took another look at the Netscape press release and noticed the line
"new Web font technology will be usable by style sheet designs," which
I missed on first scan.

David Perrell