Re: Font-style...

Scott E. Preece (
Tue, 21 May 1996 10:01:34 -0500

Date: Tue, 21 May 1996 10:01:34 -0500
From: (Scott E. Preece)
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In-Reply-To: Warren Steel's message of Tue, 21 May 1996 08:46:43 -0500
Subject: Re: Font-style...

 From: Warren Steel <>

|    This is an odd point of view for a web author.  Graphic designers
| use font styles, colors, and extreme sizes in print advertisements.
| If the reader finds them ugly, or illegible (nearsighted, colorblind),
| then the advertiser has lost a customer.  The World Wide Web, and
| hypertext markup, provide a unique solution to the problem of user
| needs and preferences. ...

Everything Warren says is true.  I remain unconvinced that the
shortcomings of some delivery vehicles or the disadvantages of some
individual readers should be allowed to dictate least-common-denominator
presentation for all authors.  When I write, I'm allowed to decide
whether my readers are going to find the intended connotations when I
choose between "self-made," "soi-disant," and "sui generis;" I should
have equivalent visual discretion.  I may value style over legibility -
it may be more important to me that my material look right to those who
*can* see it as intended than that it look minimally acceptable to
everyone.  I should be allowed to make that choice.

I am, of course, free to make that choice by storing my pages as images
or in PDF, but I don't see why I should have to give up searchability.

Remember, too, that many of us write pages for bounded audiences, whose
viewing technology is known.  Just as it may reasonable for me to assume
my audience has adequate support for tables, it may be reasonable for me
to assume that they have a specified font available.  Stylesheets are
clearly a better answer, but until they are widely available, I would
prefer to see FONT behave in a predictable (i.e., standardized) manner.


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