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Re: [css3-fonts] Synthesizing oblique, to which direction in RTL and vertical flow?

From: Glenn Adams <glenn@skynav.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2013 11:03:37 -0700
Message-ID: <CACQ=j+ennww-nX6jDZEb+o2+V0BRWFHON46=HtQAm3X+bsPD6w@mail.gmail.com>
To: John Hudson <tiro@tiro.com>
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On Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 10:56 AM, John Hudson <tiro@tiro.com> wrote:

> On 03/02/13 10:57 PM, Ambrose LI wrote:
>  I might be wrong but I believe this is language dependent. AFAIK in
>> Hebrew the slant would be to the right (i.e., same as LTR scripts);
>> but Arabic and Persian slant to the opposite direction, to the left.
> There are variable practices for Hebrew, and the Masterfont foundry in
> Israel even ships some font families with two sets of 'italics', one
> leaning right and one leaning left. Personally, I've generally favoured a
> lean to the right, because it produces a more visually compact style with
> stronger forms (when leaning to the left, the letters dalet and resh become
> attenuated), and because of the precedence of some mediaeval manuscript
> styles that lean to the right.

It sounds like it may be useful to define a font descriptor in @font-family
that allows the user to provide guidance to the UA about which direction
slant should apply when synthesizing oblique.
Received on Monday, 4 February 2013 18:04:28 UTC

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