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Re: [css3-fonts] Minor Comments IV

From: Sylvain Galineau <galineau@adobe.com>
Date: Mon, 20 May 2013 13:14:29 -0700
To: John Hudson <tiro@tiro.com>, "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
Message-ID: <CDBFD15D.47A2%galineau@adobe.com>

On 5/20/13 11:56 AM, "John Hudson" <tiro@tiro.com> wrote:

>On 20/05/13 10:42 AM, "Gérard Talbot" wrote:
>>>>     # User agents that apply platform font aliasing rules to
>>>>     # font family names defined via @font-face rules are
>>>>     # considered non-conformant.
>>>> >>I have no idea what "platform font aliasing rules" means.
>> Isn't there a setting in operating systems where an user can disable or
>> enable (and even customize: eg

>> ) font aliasing ? I would think this is what platform font aliasing
>> would mean.
>I think a different meaning of 'aliasing' is being used in this context,
>and Gérard's response indicates ample room for confusion. The CSS Fonts
>Module uses the term 'alias' in the context of font matching, e.g.
>	Create an alias for local Japanese fonts on
>	different platforms
>But the gerund aliasing has a specific technical meaning in the context
>of vector rasterisation and, hence, display of scalable outline fonts.
>This is what Gérard refers to.
>Perhaps it would be a good idea to come up with some different terms
>than 'alias' and, especially, 'aliasing' in the sense that the CSS Fonts
>Module is currently using the term?
>PS. On the subject of aliasing in the sense that Gérard understood the
>term, I would, these days, equate 'platform' with particular display
>engines rather than operating systems.

Windows calls this 'font substitution'; and it really is a font name

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