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

From: Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 30 May 2012 05:37:38 +0200
Message-ID: <1572145817.20120530053738@w3.org>
To: Cameron McCormack <cam@mcc.id.au>
CC: SVG public list <www-svg@w3.org>
On Sunday, May 27, 2012, 10:22:50 AM, Cameron wrote:

CM> SVG 1.1 has the kerning property, which lets you override the kerning 
CM> information from the font to use a specific value.  You can use 
CM> "kerning: 0" to disable kerning, for example.  css3-fonts defines the 
CM> font-kerning property, which has values "none" to disable kerning, 
CM> "normal" to apply it, and "auto" to give the UA some leeway in 
CM> determining whether it should apply.

CM> The kerning property is implemented by WebKit, but not Gecko or Opera.
CM> (Sorry Jen for not testing IE in this and recent mails; opening up my VM
CM> is a bit of a drag.)

CM> Can we drop kerning, and go ahead with font-kerning?  The combination of
CM> font-kerning and letter-spacing can achieve everything that the kerning
CM> property can.

I agree that we should drop the kerning property (which was a good idea in 1998 but does not make sense now CSS3 Fonts has a suitable property) in favour of font-kerning.

 Chris Lilley   Technical Director, Interaction Domain                 
 W3C Graphics Activity Lead, Fonts Activity Lead
 Co-Chair, W3C Hypertext CG
 Member, CSS, WebFonts, SVG Working Groups
Received on Wednesday, 30 May 2012 03:38:08 UTC

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