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Re: [css3-fonts] font-specific feature handling

From: David Singer <singer@apple.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2010 16:26:01 -0800
Cc: www-style <www-style@w3.org>, Thomas Phinney <tphinney@cal.berkeley.edu>
Message-Id: <61D9C362-46E2-4050-9062-4C9A5603CEC3@apple.com>
To: John Daggett <jdaggett@mozilla.com>
I have come across some fonts that have variations for titling, of which 'swash italics' (swoopy letters that look good in headlines but not in body text) is one...

So, I can ask for lining figures without using this feature of the font stuff?

On Feb 25, 2010, at 15:33 , John Daggett wrote:

> David Singer wrote:
>> Do variations such as lining figures, small caps, or swash italics,
>> fall within this area?  If so, I think it not unlikely that some
>> fallback fonts will support those features.
> Lining figures and small caps are not font specific.  Several of the
> 'font-variant-alternates' values are font-specific but most other font
> features are not, including kerning, ligatures, numerical formatting,
> capitalization and CJK features.  That's why the scope of possible
> problems is somewhat limited I think.
> What do you mean precisely by "swash italics"?  Swashes in the italic
> face?  If so, yes, those are font specific (see swash properties under
> 'font-variant-alternates'.  Not sure fallback fonts would typically
> support swashes, websafe fonts don't appear to support much more
> beyond ligatures.
> Cheers, 
> John

David Singer
Multimedia and Software Standards, Apple Inc.
Received on Friday, 26 February 2010 00:26:34 UTC

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