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RE: FW: Font-family specification

From: Chris Wilson (PSD) <cwilso@microsoft.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 1996 11:33:14 -0800
Message-Id: <c=US%a=_%p=msft%l=RED-73-MSG960126113311IE001301@red-03-imc.itg.microsoft.com>
To: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
Chris Lilley wrote:
>I would also like to see spaces allowed in font names.  This could be
>done by choosing some character as a separator (such as the comma Chris
>suggests) <...> or alternatively by quoting 

Several other people have suggested quoting; I agree quoting should be 
allowed (that is, in the spec and supported), but I think a non-whitespace 
separator should be used anyway, for the following reason.

Let's say I'm hand-authoring a document.  I decide I want to use Times New 
Roman for all H1 headers, so I write
h1 { font-family: Times New Roman }
This seems perfectly straightforward, but this would actually look first for 
a font named "Times" (which it may or may not find), then a font named "New" 
(which it probably won't find), and then it will find "Roman" (which may or 
may not exist).  I guess I'm saying that unless authors specify more than 
one family name (e.g., the desired family and a generic family), I doubt it 
will occur to them that they should have quotes around the names.

>>  Some of the most popular fonts on the Microsoft Windows platform 
>> it is the most popular OS out there) have spaces in their names (e.g., 
>I do not believe this is a platform issue.

Sorry, I didn't mean to imply it was; I just meant that some of the default 
fonts that ship with at least one popular operating system (Windows) have 
spaces in their names.

Chris Wilson
Received on Friday, 26 January 1996 14:34:13 UTC

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