Font-adjust: a CSS enhancement proposal

I proposed this to the www-style group Friday. Because it concerns fonts, I think it might interest this group, as well. I welcome any comment:

Summary: font-adjust provides a simple means to preserve the legibility and
much of the readability characteristics of rendered text when a
stylesheet's "first-choice" font is not available, and font-substitution
occurs. Adjustments are based on differences between (a) the ratios of em-
to ex-heights and (b) the weights, of "first-choice" and substituted fonts.
Font-adjust could vastly increase the range of prudent choices for type
specification in stylesheets, advancing "font-independent typography" for
the Web.

I'd particularly like to know from type design experts whether I'm reinventing the wheel the "z" value, described in the linked document.

Todd Fahrner

The printed page transcends space and time. The printed page, the infinitude of books, must be transcended. THE ELECTRO-LIBRARY.
	- El Lissitzky, 1923

Received on Sunday, 14 December 1997 21:58:34 UTC