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Re: [RFE] small-caps

From: (wrong string) äper <christoph.paeper@tu-clausthal.de>
Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2003 09:05:21 +0100
Message-ID: <05f501c2c05a$add87930$3ef4ae8b@heim4.tuclausthal.de>
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Sander Tekelenburg:
>
> I expected {font-variant: small-caps} to mean change text to small
capitals.
> It doesn't. Only lowercase characters are transformed. Capitals remain
> captials.

Actually nothing is transformed (in opposite to the text-transform
property), but a different font variant is being used, hence the name.
Search through your installed fonts: most likely you'll find some suffixed
by "SC" or even "Small Caps". If such is not available for the current
font-family, which is very often the case with free fonts (e.g. those
bundled with Windows), UAs shall emulate it as described in CSS2-REC 15.2.3.

OTOH there are many fonts from hobbyists that only have small caps, because
it's easier to scale the uppercase letters down than to create 26+ new ones.

> I believe I understand the logic behind that now, but no thanks to the
specs

I think if you read it carefully, you can perfectly understand it from the
spec: "[...] lowercase letters look similar to the uppercase ones, but in a
smaller size [...]" I'm not against a clarification, though.

> "Note that font-variant does <EM>not</EM> automatically imply a
> text-transform.

That's correct ...

> For instance, {font-variant: small caps} only applies to lowercase text.

... that's not ...

> To have it apply to capitals, {text-transform: lowercase} must be added."

... that neither.

It *does* in fact affect all letters, but most likely not visibly, because
capitals in general look the same in normal like in small caps variant.
It'll /look/ like it affects all letters when you do what you describe.

Christoph Päper
Received on Monday, 20 January 2003 03:05:22 GMT

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