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Re: Advanced Font Features

From: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2008 12:27:47 -0500
Message-ID: <47938493.9090901@inkedblade.net>
To: Håkon Wium Lie <howcome@opera.com>
CC: Philip TAYLOR <Philip-and-LeKhanh@Royal-Tunbridge-Wells.Org>, CSS <www-style@w3.org>

Håkon Wium Lie wrote:
> Also sprach Philip TAYLOR:
> 
>  > > Here are the new properties:
>  > ...
>  > >    font-variant-width: normal | proportional
>  > 
>  > Isn't "proportional" the "normal" value for the
>  > majority of fonts; I do not understand what this
>  > particular pair of values sets out to achieve.
> 
> Sorry, one value was missing from the writeup: monospace. The property
> should be:
> 
>   font-variant-width: normal | proportional | monospace
> 
> The main use case for this property is to select between proportional
> and monospace digits. Today, Georgia has proportional digits and
> Verdana has monospaced digits. More advanced fonts may have both
> kinds.

Wouldn't it make sense to use the font-variant-digits property
for that switch? Switching between proportional and monospace for
the whole font has different implications for non-Western scripts.
e.g. while most Japanese fonts are monospaced, quite a few have
proportional glyphs for kana.

~fantasai
Received on Sunday, 20 January 2008 17:28:20 GMT

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