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[csswg-drafts] [css-fonts-4] [varfonts] Specify variable font instances relative to an ”anchor point”

From: Tim Brown via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:14:30 +0000
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tbrown has just created a new issue for 
https://github.com/w3c/csswg-drafts:

== [css-fonts-4] [varfonts] Specify variable font instances relative 
to an ”anchor point” ==
I'm not sure exactly how to point to [the 
spec](https://drafts.csswg.org/css-fonts-4/) about this...

I say “anchor typeface” to refer to a choice of font (usually body 
text font) around which you make other decisions (type palette, 
layout). I’m thinking of saying “anchor point” to refer to a specific 
point in a variable font’s design space. The point around which it 
flexes. As a typographer, I might choose the default instance of a 
variable font (Regular weight/width) as my anchor point — or I might 
choose a different, unnamed instance. And from there, I would respond 
to pressure by moving along various axes relative to that anchor 
point.

By this logic, I might want to specify flexibility and responsiveness 
relative to the anchor point, instead of picking absolute coordinates 
in the design space. In the same way that em-based measurements are 
affected by changing the value to which they all refer, positions 
along various axes in a variable font would be affected by changing 
the anchor point to which they refer.

Please view or discuss this issue at 
https://github.com/w3c/csswg-drafts/issues/536 using your GitHub 
account
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