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Re: [css3-fonts] font-size-adjust auto issue

From: Jonathan Kew <jfkthame@googlemail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2013 19:59:09 -0700
Message-ID: <521C15FD.2030902@gmail.com>
To: www-style@w3.org
On 26/8/13 19:01, Levantovsky, Vladimir wrote:

> My
> objection to having <auto> value is because it encourages authors to
> use it blindly, not knowing (and having no chance to know precisely)
> what the effect will be on any given platform.

I agree with Vlad here. I think the <auto> value, as currently defined, 
is of very limited utility (given that the aspect value of the default 
font does in fact vary considerably between browsers and platforms); and 
I suspect it will be blindly (mis)used far more often than it is helpful.

A much more intuitive and useful - for authors - meaning of <auto> 
would, I think, be "the aspect value calculated by the UA for the first 
available face in the current font-family list"; in other words, it 
would never cause any rescaling of the first available font, but if 
there is any text that falls back to a later font in the list (or an 
arbitrary system font), *that* font will be adjusted so that its 
x-height matches the first.

A possible objection to this would be that if the first font is a 
webfont, its aspect value cannot be calculated until it has been 
downloaded, and so <auto> would initially have to be based on a font 
that's later in the list. This means that text rendered using a fallback 
font might suddenly change size when the webfont download completes and 
the <auto> aspect value is recalculated. This would perhaps be more 
disconcerting than the re-layout that can already happen as a result of 
a font download finishing.

Of course, an author who wants to avoid this can always do so by 
providing an explicit value for font-size-adjust, rather than relying on 
the <auto> magic.

Alternatively, I still think my earlier suggestion of allowing 
font-size-adjust:<generic-family> would be an improvement over <auto>, 
in that it would be clearer to authors that they're explicitly asking 
the browser to adjust the sizing of whatever font(s) are used to better 
match one of its defaults.

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