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Re: [css3-fonts] font-variant-numeric

From: John Hudson <tiro@tiro.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2010 23:07:50 -0700
Message-ID: <4BA9AC36.6050508@tiro.com>
CC: www-style@w3.org
On the subject of terminology in
   http://dev.w3.org/csswg/css3-fonts/#font-variant-numeric-prop

I find the use of the term 'font rendering' in this document 
unfortunate, and would like to request that it be changed. For font 
developers -- who spend a lot of time these days talking about what 
happens to text on screen -- rendering refers to glyph painting 
(typically some form of rasterisation). Hence, we talk about e.g. 
different kinds of rendering engines and models, Apple Quartz rendering 
vs. Microsoft ClearType rendering, hinting for different rendering 
environments, etc.

The kind of glyph substitution and positioning behaviours and properties 
described in the draft document are what we would call text layout, not 
font rendering.

John Hudson
Received on Wednesday, 24 March 2010 06:08:25 GMT

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