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Re: font-family: IPA

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Sun, 9 May 2004 20:50:05 +0000 (UTC)
To: Ernest Cline <ernestcline@mindspring.com>
Cc: W3C CSS List <www-style@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.58.0405092048290.31866@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Sun, 9 May 2004, Ernest Cline wrote:
> [no way to detect IPA fonts]

Not really much point adding it to CSS then.

> It would probably be simpler to check the font to see if it contained
> characters from the IPA Extensions block.

Don't most "Unicode complete" fonts like Lucida Unicode and Arial Unicode
contain glyphs in that block?

> As for font-variant instead of font-family, I don't think so.
> smallcaps can be simulated if there isn't a smallcap version of the
> font, but as you pointed out, there is no mechanism to know for certain
> if the glyphs are appropriate for the IPA and even it there were not, no
> algorithm to synthesize reasonable correct glyphs.

I don't understand what synthesis has to do with it?

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