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

From: r12a via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2019 08:57:06 +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.
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> 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?

The point i'm making is that these are probably fine to keep for Latin/Cyrillic/Greek/etc, because they represent useful alternate styles related to those scripts/languages. But we should recognise and treat them as representative of only a certain number of scripts/languages, and add the ability to indicate the alternative font styles needed for other scripts/languages.

I'm not sure there's one set of styles that (eg. formal, ornate, etc.) that works for all scripts/languages.  At some point we'll run into the same problem, just with a different set of labels.  For example, how would one classify the Khmer styles, or the African ajami styles mentioned above into the buckets listed 2 comments earlier?

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