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Re: [csswg-drafts] [css-fonts-4] font-stretch is unfortunately named

From: Liam Quin via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:36:34 +0000
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On Thu, 2016-09-29 at 12:09 -0700, Chris Lilley wrote:
> I agree that this name has, in practice, caused confusion. In a 
> where fake bold and fake italic (obliquing) are common, people often
> assume that font-stretch geometrically stretches or shrinks the 
> outlines.

Which in at least on implementation I use, it does. And it's a useful
feature at times - e.g. if you use it with the stroked (not filled)
version of Courier, the result can be very acceptable.

Maybe access to the font transformation matrix should be added at the
same time this is clarified? Or maybe it's not worth-while, given that
you can open the font in a font editor and adjust it.


Liam R. E. Quin <liam@w3.org>
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