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Re: CSS3 Web Fonts issue with ?block on downl oad?

From: Philip TAYLOR <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Date: Thu, 07 May 2009 22:42:59 +0100
Message-ID: <4A0355E3.3080404@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
To: David Hyatt <hyatt@apple.com>
CC: Adam Twardoch <list.adam@twardoch.com>, www-style@w3.org


David Hyatt wrote:

> I'm well aware that visual jumping could occur on poorly designed Web 
> sites if the feature were to become wildly popular.

I don't understand why you believe that this would occur (only or
primarily) in "poorly designed Web sites" : I would have thought
that exactly the opposite would be the case.  A well-designed web
site (IMHO) adjusts its flow to accommodate widely varying font
sizes so as to allow each viewer of the site to adjust the font
size to best meet his or her needs; such a site would (I suggest)
also adjust well to the replacement of a default font by a web
font once the latter has loaded, but the reflow would be clearly
visible.  A poorly designed web site, on the other hand, that
uses fixed width containers, may well avoid the reflow problem,
but at the expense of cropping and/or enforced horizontal scrolling
when the font dimensions cause the container to overflow.

Philip TAYLOR
Received on Thursday, 7 May 2009 21:43:32 GMT

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