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Re: [csswg-drafts] [css-fonts] Specify what generic font family maps to nastaliq (#4397)

From: jfkthame via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2019 19:50:52 +0000
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It's arguably rather unfortunate that we have enshrined `serif` and `sans-serif` in CSS, given that they're terms pretty strongly associated with Latin-script typographic practice (along with its close cousins such as Cyrillic and Greek), but not really meaningful for many other of the world's writing systems.

Perhaps it would have been better to have terms such as `formal`, `informal`, `ornate`, `simplified`, `archaic` (the exact set of values being subject to bikeshedding, naturally) that browsers could map to appropriate typographic styles for each script, without trying to shoehorn scripts with totally unrelated design traditions into terminology specific to Latin typography.

But that ship sailed long ago, I suppose. Unless we're prepared to consider deprecating the existing generics and introducing a new, parallel set of more script-agnostic values?

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