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RE: Will spacing issue after italics EVER be addressed?

From: Bonnie Granat <bgranat@granatedit.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2006 08:43:31 -0500
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: www-html-request@w3.org 
> [mailto:www-html-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Mikko Rantalainen
> Sent: Tuesday, January 10, 2006 7:44 AM
> To: www-html@w3.org
> Subject: Re: Will spacing issue after italics EVER be addressed?
> The actual problem is rendering text sequence "iiirrr" where the 
> "iii" part is italiced and "rrr" marks regular text. If font 
> subsystem doesn't support measuring the whole string "iiirrr" where 
> parts of the string must be rendered with different fonts then the 
> UA has no other way but to render "iii" and "rrr" as separate items 
> and simply catenate those together. The thing is, the font subsystem 
> is the only part of the whole process that has any *real* knowledge 
> about the required spacing  (or kerning) between the "i" and "r". 
> Most italic (or slanted) fonts share basic font metrics with 
> corresponding regular font. The only case where there should be a 
> difference is spacing between the characters when changing between 
> different fonts. A badly designed font may lack this information and 
> as a result, no high quality rendering is possible with such font.

I'm talking about whole words, though, not parts of words, which I think
you're addressing. Why can't some part of the system recognize when there's
italics followed by a single space??

Bonnie Granat
Received on Tuesday, 10 January 2006 13:43:45 UTC

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