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Re: [css3-font] Extension of font-stretch property

From: John Hudson <tiro@tiro.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2011 11:28:28 -0800
Message-ID: <4D31F55C.5080107@tiro.com>
CC: www-style list <www-style@w3.org>
Brad Kemper wrote:

> As a designer, if I 
> ask for a condensed font, then I expect it to be narrower than a 
> non-condensed version, even if that means synthesizing when condensed 
> versions of the typeface are not available

Also as a designer, I would rather have undistorted letterforms even if 
this means a nominally condensed face is not in fact narrower than the 
non-condensed version, because distorted letterforms not only look ugly 
but may introduce serious legibility problems, especially in low 
resolution rendering environments. If I don't have condensed letters 
that have been designed and hinted as such, I would rather not have 
condensed letters.

Can we accommodate both kinds of designers?

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