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Re: Advanced Font Features

From: Håkon Wium Lie <howcome@opera.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2008 00:31:33 +0100
Message-ID: <18323.55765.701262.888941@gargle.gargle.HOWL>
To: Christoph Päper <christoph.paeper@crissov.de>
Cc: CSS Style <www-style@w3.org>

Also sprach Christoph Päper:

 > >    font-variant-caps: normal | smallcaps
 > 
 >    acronym {font-variant-caps: smallcaps  /* c2sc wanted */}
 >    acronym {font-variant-caps: petitecaps /* c2pc wanted */}
 >    .author {font-variant-caps: smallcaps  /* smcp wanted */}
 >    .author {font-variant-caps: petitecaps /* pcap wanted */}
 > 
 > Petite caps are of course even rarer than small caps.

I think this may be a general problem facing us as we venture into new
font features: the number of fonts that support these new features are
limited, and not many users have access to them. 

 > >    font-variant-digits: normal | oldstyle | lining
 > >    font-variant-width: normal | proportional | monospace
 > 
 > You said in a followup message this would primarily be used for  
 > digits, but what if a font has a full-featured monospace variant?  

It's a judgement call, I think. My gut feeling is that there should be
a switch (i.e., a propertye) which is limited in scope to digits. The
use case is obvious.

 > "Old style" may be standard jargon, but I find it's a biased name
 > to avoid.

Orphans and widows made it into CSS, so I think we can live with
oldstyle :-)

Cheers,

-h&kon
              Håkon Wium Lie                          CTO °þe®ª
howcome@opera.com                  http://people.opera.com/howcome
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