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Re: [csswg-drafts] [css-fonts-4] Font variations do not support responsive layout

From: Vladimir Levantovsksy via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:10:52 +0000
To: public-css-archive@w3.org
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> ... there are only a few (4) variation axes which are well-known ...

It's a common misconception to think that variations in a font are 
limited to only well known axes of design that may result in changes 
to weight, width, or optical size, etc. IMO, a [better] generic way to
 think of font variations is to see them as an arbitrary set of 
control points with the attached delta vectors grouped together on an 
arbitrary variation axis that has its own name, range of values, and 
produces very specific visual results. The "Buffalo Gal" font [offers 
a good illustration of how various variation features can be defined 
and used](http://www.monotype.com/media/2480/buffalogal.gif) outside 
of what might be considered traditional font family properties such as
 weight and width variations axes.

You may be right that the original title of this issue is 
over-reaching since certain cases can certainly be supported as is. My
 goal (as I once mentioned) was to make sure that the connections 
between font variations settings and features and needs for responsive
 design are discussed and well understood before we declare it done.


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