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

From: John Daggett <jdaggett@mozilla.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2010 02:35:34 -0700 (PDT)
To: John Hudson <tiro@tiro.com>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <546280093.22402.1269423334215.JavaMail.root@cm-mail03.mozilla.org>

John Hudson wrote:

> 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.

Yeah, I struggled over what term to use here, "font rendering" was by
no means the ideal term.

What I've called "font rendering properties" are properties not used
for selecting a face within a family but instead properties applied
when picking glyphs to display.  "Font feature properties" is probably
what I should use instead.

In places where rendering is discussed, maybe "text rendering" rather
than "font rendering" would be sufficiently distinct not to cause
confusion?
Received on Wednesday, 24 March 2010 09:36:07 GMT

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