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Re: [css3 fonts] font-specific features

From: John Hudson <tiro@tiro.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 09:21:27 -0700
Message-ID: <4C978A07.4040409@tiro.com>
To: rfink@readableweb.com
CC: 'Erik van Blokland' <erik@letterror.com>, 'Sylvain Galineau' <sylvaing@microsoft.com>, 'John Daggett' <jdaggett@mozilla.com>, 'www-style' <www-style@w3.org>, 'www-font' <www-font@w3.org>
Richard Fink wrote:

> I simply do not think a PDF containing a written description will be as
> effective as an HTML page with a style sheet that shows exactly how these
> features are enabled. That's all.
> (And a link to such a page could certainly be contained within the metadata.
> *That* I could see as potentially being helpful.)

Which is what I suggested. The reason foundries have used PDFs until now 
is that there wasn't (and still isn't just yet) a reliable HTML/CSS 
option, and until now most font documentation has been targeted at font 
use in page layout or word processing applications. Moving forward, as 
browsers implement CSS3 font feature support, demo web pages with sample 
CSS code seems the obvious way to proceed, and I don't think foundries 
will need to be told this.

Received on Monday, 20 September 2010 16:22:09 UTC

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