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Re: [css3-fonts] font-specific feature handling

From: David Singer <singer@apple.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2010 13:25:01 -0800
Cc: www-style <www-style@w3.org>, Thomas Phinney <tphinney@cal.berkeley.edu>
Message-Id: <928B3077-8B50-4DD1-94FF-29E87014E7F7@apple.com>
To: John Daggett <jdaggett@mozilla.com>

On Feb 25, 2010, at 12:37 , John Daggett wrote:

> 
> David Singer wrote:
>> So, option #5 might be "The requested variant applies to every font in
>> the list, if it exists, otherwise it is ignored." ?
> 
> That's default behavior, basically option #1.  

OK, but that's not what option #1 says.

> Option #4 provides a
> way of working around this, of tying feature settings to a single
> font, but authors are still free to just use the generic property and
> not worry about it.  
> 
> I think in practical situations this is much harder to imagine than it
> would seem, fallback fonts typically fall into the bland, "websafe"
> category so the chances of that font having variants is fairly low. 
> Naturally this could change, websafe fonts could sprout all sorts of
> new features but I think it's much more likely that variants are used
> with downloadable fonts where option #4 provides a natural solution.


Do variations such as lining figures, small caps, or swash italics, fall within this area?  If so, I think it not unlikely that some fallback fonts will support those features.

David Singer
Multimedia and Software Standards, Apple Inc.
Received on Thursday, 25 February 2010 21:25:35 GMT

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