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Re: should we remove the kerning property in favour of font-kerning?

From: Dirk Schulze <dschulze@adobe.com>
Date: Sun, 27 May 2012 06:50:37 -0700
To: Cameron McCormack <cam@mcc.id.au>
CC: SVG public list <www-svg@w3.org>, Nikolas Zimmermann <zimmermann@kde.org>
Message-ID: <CAF58B1F-152E-4CEF-8B5F-F84F52F80445@adobe.com>

On May 27, 2012, at 1:22 AM, Cameron McCormack wrote:

> SVG 1.1 has the kerning property, which lets you override the kerning 
> information from the font to use a specific value.  You can use 
> "kerning: 0" to disable kerning, for example.  css3-fonts defines the 
> font-kerning property, which has values "none" to disable kerning, 
> "normal" to apply it, and "auto" to give the UA some leeway in 
> determining whether it should apply.
I rely on the experience of Niko and I hope he answers to this thread as well. Personally I would continue with CSS styling and am in favor for dropping 'kerning'. But I have no idea if it is in use somewhere.

> 
> The kerning property is implemented by WebKit, but not Gecko or Opera. 
> (Sorry Jen for not testing IE in this and recent mails; opening up my VM 
> is a bit of a drag.)
> 
> Can we drop kerning, and go ahead with font-kerning?  The combination of 
> font-kerning and letter-spacing can achieve everything that the kerning 
> property can.
> 

Greetings,
Dirk
Received on Sunday, 27 May 2012 13:51:20 GMT

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