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Re: [css3-fonts] Minor Comments IV

From: John Daggett <jdaggett@mozilla.com>
Date: Mon, 20 May 2013 18:30:20 -0700 (PDT)
To: www-style@w3.org
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Sylvain Galineau wrote:

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

I've trimmed out the term "aliasing" in this context in favor of
"substitution", since that refers more specifically to what the spec
is trying to describe.  The font substitution rules on Windows (via
registry settings) or under Linux (via fontconfig) must *not* apply to
author-created font family names.

Cheers,

John Daggett
Received on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 01:30:47 UTC

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