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Re: [csswg-drafts] [css-fonts-4] [varfont] font matching algorithm should not favor italic as a fallback for oblique

From: Dave Crossland via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 02:56:25 +0000
To: public-css-archive@w3.org
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The "synthetic" or distorted fonts should be avoided and used as a 
resort because the distortion inherently makes resulting letterforms 
look bad, while crafted obliques or italics will have many subtle 
that make the letterforms look good. This effects reading performance 
even legibility.

The purpose of a non-normal font-style is to add visual emphasis to 
text. The purpose of designing a non-normal style is to control and 
with the normal style in a way that harmonizes. Distortion can create
visual distinction but not with harmony.

If the CSS author has indicated one kind of emphasis is preferable, 
but the
font family selected does not have that kind and does have the other 
then using the emphasis style which is harmonious is a better choice.

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