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Re: font features in CSS

From: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
Date: Mon, 02 Nov 2009 09:35:15 -0800
Message-ID: <4AEF1853.7090100@inkedblade.net>
To: John Daggett <jdaggett@mozilla.com>
CC: Bert Bos <bert@w3.org>, www-font@w3.org, www-style@w3.org, Thomas Phinney <tphinney@cal.berkeley.edu>
John Daggett wrote:
> fantasai wrote:
> 
>>> Yes, the appropriateness is font-specific, but with @font-face we are
>>> soon going to be fairly sure about what font we are getting, much of
>>> the time (and with the font fallback stack we can be sure to specify
>>> as fallback something that is unlikely to trigger an undesired result
>>> for selecting alternate ampersand #27).
>> I think you're much too optimistic about this. Maybe on desktops in
>> the broadband world there will be enough consistency that you can
>> ignore the few percent of anomalies, but in other environments font
>> downloads are just as likely to be either not available for the
>> device/OS or turned off due to limited download speeds or memory.
> 
> I definitely understand the problem with font-specific feature settings
> like stylesets being applied to fallback fonts but I think this argument
> is dubious, I highly doubt any device that's disabling downloadable
> fonts because of size/speed concerns would be one fully supporting all
> the features of OpenType layout *and* contain fallback fonts with
> font-specific features enabled!!  
> 
> Maybe iPhone 4GS-loving penguins in Antartica would be affected perhaps...  ;)

How about people on a MacBook Pro on an overloaded dial-up connection?
Or people on dial-up who have to pay per megabyte? Some countries have
such systems. I might want to turn off font downloads if I'm on such a
system; doesn't mean I don't have a full-fledged OpenType engine with
a set of high-quality fonts installed locally.

~fantasai
Received on Monday, 2 November 2009 17:35:54 GMT

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