Re: .screenfonts

On 29 Jul 2009, at 06:17, Gustavo Ferreira wrote:

> On Jul 17, 2009, at 6:56 PM, Jonathan Kew wrote:
>> On 17 Jul 2009, at 11:35, Gustavo Ferreira wrote:
>>> I find it highly desirable to have some sort of standard mechanism  
>>> to deal with different design sizes of a same typeface.
>> I don't think new standards or formats are needed in order to  
>> achieve this.
>> It seems to me that the optical-size support available in OpenType  
>> families (via the 'size' feature) already provides a mechanism to  
>> do what you are asking for. All that's lacking is (a) widespread  
>> support of this in software, beyond a few high-end DTP packages;  
>> and (b) widespread support in typeface packages; it is available in  
>> a number of "Pro" families but is far from commonplace. Of course,  
>> raising interest in either of these aspects may be somewhat  
>> dependent on seeing progress in the other. :)
>> JK
> Thanks for your reply, Jonathan.
> Do you know of any plans to support the OpenType 'size' feature in  
> web browsers? :-)
> Do you have ideas about how this could work? Mechanism, syntax etc.

Some time ago, I experimented with a patch that added automatic 'size'  
support to Firefox; this is not currently part of the actual codebase,  
as integrating it across all platforms is dependent on some other  
underlying work on font management, but I hope to revisit it  
eventually. (See

No new syntax or properties were involved in this, it simply selected  
the appropriate face for the size being used. I suppose we might want  
the option of overriding this with a CSS property, but that shouldn't  
be necessary for normal use.


Received on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 12:00:02 UTC