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RE: [css3-fonts] @font-face matching and font-style descriptor

From: Sergey Malkin <sergeym@microsoft.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2010 01:31:58 +0000
To: Christopher Slye <cslye@adobe.com>, www-style <www-style@w3.org>, www-font <www-font@w3.org>
Message-ID: <F759D7752D3BBC4999CA69FF4FB8BC130262A8B2@TK5EX14MBXW652.wingroup.windeploy.ntdev.microsoft.com>
> I find it strange that "show a different font that has this variant"
> is acceptable/preferable to "simulate this variant in the font I 
> specified", but shrug.  It's definitely not a position that I hold, 
> and I've been using @font-face in my work for several years.
> I'd strongly desire some way to say "please simulate variants I'm not 
> explicitly specifying"; I don't particularly care whether this is the 
> default or some extra option I have to specify in @font-face.

I agree. As much as everybody else, I prefer to not see simulated styles on Web pages. But there are existing pages relying on simulated styles to display content. Designers who do not want to see this on their pages have all power to define @font-face family with as many faces as they wish and use only styles they defined. Behavior may probably be controlled by @font-face, e.g. by distinguishing between "normal" and "not specified" or by using special descriptor. But simulated styles are part of many existing sites and can't be just ignored and prohibited.

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