CSS Draft 8/95: prioritised fount lists
Subject: CSS Draft 8/95: prioritised fount lists
From: Thore Husfeldt <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Sep 1995 17:33:45 +0200
From firstname.lastname@example.org Wed Sep 6 11: 33:49 1995
One thing that struck me in the CSS draft specification from 10 August
1995 (at http://www.w3.org/hypertext/WWW/Style/css/draft.html):
A prioritised list for fount families - see the definition of "font" -
is fine (indeed, necessary).
However, choice of fount size and leading is intimately tied to the
choice of fount family. For example, assume that I would love to have
my text in a 12/14 Bembo (which I do not expect to find on many
machines) but could settle for a 12/12 New Century Schoolbook (which
most machines have). Alternatively, a 12/14 Times would be acceptable.
The best I can do according to the specification is:
font-family = bembo new-century-schoolbook times
font-size = 12pt
font-leading = 2p
This would give me a 12/14 New Century Schoolbook on many machines,
which is not what I want.
(The fount names in the example are totally random. Suffice to say
that some founts traditionally would be set with more/less leading
depending on their appearance - stuff like x-height, weight, etc.)
I propose to change the value of "font" to
[ size [/leading] family [weight] [style] ]+
very much like the value of "font-family." This would allow the following:
12pt/14pt bembo demi-bold
Note that this is a very slight change indeed.