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Re: font-size and accents, again

From: Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 02 Dec 1999 20:18:33 +0100
Message-ID: <3846C609.D051F5F@w3.org>
To: Erik van der Poel <erik@netscape.com>
CC: David Perrell <davidp@earthlink.net>, www-style@w3.org


Erik van der Poel wrote:
> 
> David Perrell wrote:
> > I posted an example at
> > http://www.hpaa.com/css1/font-position.html
> 
> I agree with you that the text "A pascally dementia" does indeed look
> best when it is centered with respect to ascender and descender.

I agree - that string (which has no accented letters), in that font
(where the amount the descenders drop below the baseline is similar to
the amount the ascenders rise above the x-height) looks best when
centred wrt ascender/descender.

If there were accented capital letters, the one centered on the bounding
box would look best. If there were Vietnamese in there - where you can
have up to three accents on top of one another - then the font would be
outside the bounding box so the white accents would bbe lost against the
white and cyan background.

--
Chris
Received on Thursday, 2 December 1999 14:19:13 GMT

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