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

From: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2010 10:18:25 -0700
Message-ID: <4BAA4961.8070000@inkedblade.net>
To: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
On 03/24/2010 08:37 AM, Levantovsky, Vladimir wrote:
> On March 24, 2010 5:36 AM John Daggett wrote:
>>
>> 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.
>>
>
> Would the generic term "glyph substitution" work (instead of font
> rendering) to describe the effect of font features and the font-variant
> properties?

Depending on the context, you might go with "glyph selection" rather than
"glyph substitution". Substitution implies that you've got some default
that you're substituting for.

~fantasai
Received on Wednesday, 24 March 2010 17:18:57 GMT

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