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Re: [csswg-drafts] [css-fonts] Should all new generic family names win over @font-face names? (#5001)

From: Chris Lilley via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2020 13:53:13 +0000
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A similar issue in CSS Color was dealt with by making the author-supplied identifiers be dashed idents. I don't thinks we can do that here though, because the weight of existing usage is too great.  So yes, if we constantly make new generics then there is a risk that they clash with previously-ok  user supplied names. The only wiggle room we have is the use of quoting:

@font-face { font-family: "serif"; ...}
html { font-family: "serif", serif }

This will use the webfont called "serif" and then as fallback the generic font family `serif`.

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