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Re: [css-fonts] "system" generic font name

From: Gérard Talbot <www-style@gtalbot.org>
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2015 17:40:36 -0400
To: "Myles C. Maxfield" <mmaxfield@apple.com>
Cc: www-style list <www-style@w3.org>
Message-ID: <191cb176f8700d41b22b23cf82307c64@gtalbot.org>
Le 2015-07-14 17:14, Myles C. Maxfield a écrit :
> TL;DR: Apple proposes adding a new generic font-family named "system".
> 
> Hello,
> 
> It's valuable for web authors to be able to make sites that fit in
> with native platforms without having to write lots of complicated,
> redundant CSS. One case where this is hard right now is matching
> platforms’ system UI fonts.
> 
> CSS describes a collection of “generic” font families. We propose
> adding a new generic font family, “system,” which will be backed by
> whichever font is the native UI font of the platform running the
> browser. Specifically, we are proposing that this new generic font
> family be platform-specific, and not browser-specific, so the same
> browser running on different operating systems will implement this
> generic font family differently.
> 
> WebKit currently implements a similar notion with the “-apple-system”
> font family, but we feel that a more general approach is valuable to
> web authors. In particular, web authors shouldn’t have to list
> anything specific to each platform they are targeting in their font
> fallback list. Instead, a single generic font family should just do
> the right thing. This is why we are proposing a prefixless value.
> 
> What are your thoughts?
> 
> Myles C. Maxfield

Myles,

isn't that already the case? By not defining any font-family in a 
webpage, the browser has to use the browser default font-family.... and 
the browser default font-family is by default the platform's default 
font face.

Eg.

Under Linux Ubuntu, the default is DejaVu Sans font face. And so, unless 
the user resets its browser default font family, the browser (eg 
Firefox) default font family will also be DejaVu Sans.

> web authors to be able to make sites that fit in
> with native platforms without having to write lots of complicated,
> redundant CSS.

One easy, simple and efficient way to make sites that fit in with native 
platform is to not try to set a font family.

Gérard
Received on Tuesday, 14 July 2015 21:41:08 UTC

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