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

From: MasaFuji <masa@fuji.email.ne.jp>
Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2011 10:28:33 +0900
Message-ID: <6B5BCB51008440A6AE2688747361E62E@DHKRXC1X>
To: "Thomas Phinney" <tphinney@cal.berkeley.edu>
Cc: "www-style list" <www-style@w3.org>

I have an understanding of typographical fear of risks.
But for CJK fonts, it is very useful and economical tactic to use 
expanding/condensing method.
As you know, CJK font has more than 3,000 or 5,000 characters in it. It is 
impossible to prepare ideal series of font-width in a font family.

Masahiro Fujishima
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Thomas Phinney
  To: MasaFuji
  Cc: www-style list
  Sent: Saturday, January 15, 2011 12:59 PM
  Subject: Re: [css3-font] Extension of font-stretch property

  Speaking as a typographer here:

  My concern is that distorted fonts are considered typographically "bad 
form" and the distorted shapes look lousy. The default should be to NOT do 
artificially scaled expanding/condensing, with some option to turn that 
behavior on.


  On Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 6:30 PM, MasaFuji <masa@fuji.email.ne.jp> wrote:

    I'd like to expand the values of font-stretch property as like as 
font-size property.

    Name:            font-stretch
    Value:           <absolute-stretch> | <relative-stretch> | <percentage> 
| inherit
    Initial:         normal
    Applies to:      all elements
    Inherited:       yes
    Percentages:     refer to normal element's ratio
    Media:           visual
    Computed Value;  as specified

    Basically, this property indicates the desired font-stretch of glyphs 
from the font, in other words, the 'font-stretch' property selects a normal, 
condensed, or expanded face from a font family. It will be happy to Latin 
font families which have a various type of condensed or expanded font. When 
a font does not exist for a given width and is scalable in size, it will be 
useful the font-stretch gives a ratio of scaling in the inline progression 
direction. For scalable fonts, the font-stretch is a scale factor applied to 
the EM unit of the font. Values have the following meanings:

     An <absolute-ratio> keyword refers to an entry in a table of 
font-stretch ratios computed and kept by the UA. Possible values are:

     [ normal | ultra-condensed | extra-condensed | condensed | 
semi-condensed | semi-expanded | expanded | extra-expanded | 
ultra-expanded ]

    Absolute keyword values have the following ordering, from narrowest to 
widest. The following table provides a sample of user agent's guideline for 
the absolute-size scaling factor. Some user agent may use a scale which 
increase geometrically.

    Value   Description     % of normal
    1       Ultra-condensed  50
    2       Extra-condensed  62.5
    3       Condensed        75
    4       Semi-condensed   87.5
    5       Medium (normal)  100
    6       Semi-expanded    112.5
    7       Expanded         125
    8       Extra-expanded   150
    9       Ultra-expanded   200

    <relative- ratio>
     A <relative-ratio> keyword is interpreted relative to the table of 
font-stretch ratios and the font-stretch ratio of the parent element. 
Possible values are:

     [ wider | narrower ]

    For example, if the parent element has a font-stretch ratio of 'normal' 
a value of 'wider' will make the font-stretch ratio of the current element 
be 'wider'. If the parent element's ratio is not close to a table entry, the 
user agent is free to interpolate between table entries or round off to the 
closest one. The user agent may have to extrapolate table values if the 
numerical value goes beyond keywords.

     A percentage value specifies a font-stretch ratio to the normal 
font-stretch ratio. Use of percentage values leads to more robust and 
cascadable style sheets.

    Msahiro Fujishima

  “Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone,
   somewhere, may be happy.”
   —H.L. Mencken
Received on Sunday, 16 January 2011 12:55:43 UTC

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