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Re: text or font properties

From: Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 01 Dec 1998 15:45:38 +0100
Message-ID: <36640112.DA79D81C@w3.org>
To: MWhisman@aol.com
CC: www-style@w3.org

MWhisman@aol.com wrote:
> I'd like to suggest these font or text properties for CSS.
> 1.      "slab-serif" as a generic font-family value for what typographers call slab
> serif or Egyptian or Clarendon fonts, e.g.
> font-family: 'Serifa', 'Bookman', 'Clarendon', 'New Century Schoolbook', slab-
> serif;

Thats a bit specific to western typography. We already have Japanese
typographers claiming that "serif" is not really equivalent to "Mincho",
and "sans-serif" not really equivalent to "Gothic", and similarly for
Arabic faces - flared stroke terminations are not realy serifs.
Difficult to see how slab serifs could apply there.

If you particularly want readers to see slab serifs, your choices are to
specify a goodly list of them, or to use a downloadable WebFont, or to
declare the Panose 1 number of the fonts you prefer and allow clients to
make a better substitution.

> 2.      "font-width" to describe the horizontal scale or width desired, with legal
> values
> something like these:

I agree that this is useful, if only to ensure that "font-family"
continues to mean "font-family" rather than
"some-subset-of-font-family". In otherwords, Helvetica Condensed is the
samne font family as Helvetica.

The good news - already done in CSS2, see

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