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[csswg-drafts] [css-fonts-4] [varfont] Allow access to named instances outside of @font-face

From: rsheeter via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2018 21:26:02 +0000
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rsheeter has just created a new issue for https://github.com/w3c/csswg-drafts:

== [css-fonts-4] [varfont] Allow access to named instances outside of @font-face ==
#525 added access to named instances by specifying `font-named-instance` in `@font-face`. 

For other aspects of a variable font you can specify on @font-face OR elsewhere. For example, `font-variation-settings` (https://drafts.csswg.org/css-fonts-4/#font-variation-settings-def) will let you use the font-face with different axis positions and `font-display` can be changed outside the `@font-face` with `@font-feature-values` (https://drafts.csswg.org/css-fonts-4/#font-display-font-feature-values).

Is it plausible that a mechanism be defined such that a `font-named-instance` be set outside of `@font-face`? Just allow `font-named-instance` in more places similar to `font-variant-alternates`?

For Google Fonts and other central services this would be very convenient: ask for a variable family and then access all sorts of fun parts of it. For example:

@import url('https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Markazi+Text');

body { font-family: 'Markazi Text'; }

/* Here I can change axis positions (font-variation-settings) or set a font-display using @font-feature-settings but I can't change my axis positions using the named instances carefully defined by my type designer 😞 */
h1 { font-named-instance: 'Markazi Text Light'; }
h2 { font-named-instance: 'Markazi Text Bold'; }

Please view or discuss this issue at https://github.com/w3c/csswg-drafts/issues/2972 using your GitHub account
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