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Re: [css3-fonts] Comments on @font-face: local(...)

From: Thomas Phinney <tphinney@cal.berkeley.edu>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2009 23:38:50 -0700
Message-ID: <f49ae6ac0908202338j7adcdb0fo1f6da8d41f12ef2f@mail.gmail.com>
To: John Daggett <jdaggett@mozilla.com>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
On Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 11:14 PM, John Daggett<jdaggett@mozilla.com> wrote:
> Thomas Phinney wrote:
>
>> I am of course a broken record on this issue, but...
>>
>> Why deal with locale-based differences in font family and style names,
>> but not platform-based differences?
>>
>> I am still perturbed that a font is family = "Glurbish Light" and
>> style = "Bold" in Windows GDI but family = "Glurbish" and style =
>> "Semibold" on Mac OS X, and I think it's a problem. It can be solved
>> either partially or completely (depending on how ambitious and complex
>> one wants to be) if there's a spec for what user agents are supposed
>> to do across platforms.
>
> I'm not sure but I think you're pointing out two distinct problems here.
> The first is that the TrueType/OpenType spec defined family names in an
> inconsistent manner across platforms, which can lead to different
> groupings across platforms.  The second problem (I think) concerns how
> weight mappings are defined across platforms.
>
> I completely agree that the problem of how to group families across
> platforms needs to be resolved in a way that makes font usage consistent
> across platforms but I should point out that it's not really a problem
> that affects most web usage, since outside the websafe font gamut
> platform font sets are distinct, there's little crossover.  Downloadable
> fonts are grouped based on the descriptors in @font-face rules so they
> are completely independent of this mess, data in the 'name' table has no
> effect on family groupings, independent of platform.

Ah, right. How quickly I forget. It limits what/how one can deploy
system fonts moving forwards, but isn't a problem with downloadable
fonts, so no need to worry there.

Thanks, I'll shut up now.  :)

Cheers,

T
Received on Friday, 21 August 2009 06:39:31 GMT

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