Problems with style-linked EOTs

On 21 Jul 2009, at 20:58, John Daggett wrote:
> Nor does any shipping version of IE support
> simple @font-face rule font descriptors such as font-weight or
> font-style, so using bold and italic faces in IE is awkward.

Could you elaborate on the problems IE has with bold and italic styles?

In my tests with font-style and font-weight[1] I get odd results with  
style-linked EOTs. It would have been nice if one could arbitrarily  
assign any font to be the bold version of a given font (allowing Light  
and Medium weights to be deployed as a family without remastering  
fonts), but that seems not to work. Much worse, sometimes the space  
character seems to double in width in the bold and bold-italic. I've  
had states where this alternates between reloads of the page: good  
space, reload, bad space, reload, good space...

If EOT on IE is typographically flaky with simple <b> and <i> markup,  
is there any point continuing with it?

- L

[1] for example at

Received on Wednesday, 22 July 2009 14:55:55 UTC