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

From: L. David Baron <dbaron@dbaron.org>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2015 10:11:12 +0200
To: Jonathan Kew <jfkthame@gmail.com>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <20150715081112.GA6895@pescadero.dbaron.org>
On Wednesday 2015-07-15 08:16 +0100, Jonathan Kew wrote:
> On 15/7/15 07:09, Sebastian Zartner wrote:
> >>Per David's email, don't you also need a way to set font size/weight etc to
> >>values that match system usage? And isn't the 'font' property the best way
> >>to do this?
> >>
> >>
> >>Not at this point. Or, more accurately, not with this proposal. We just want
> >>to match the family.
> >
> >FWIW that would be easily doable by allowing to set the new keyword on
> >the other longhands like font-size, font-weight, font-style, etc.
> Not if the OS uses various sizes or styles of its "system font" for
> different elements. Are menu items, window titles, icon captions, alert
> messages, ..., all displayed with the same size? If not, how would
>   font-size:system;
> decide what to do?

It could, however, be a functional notation like:

  font-size: system(menu);


  font-family: system(caption);

which would also make it easier to explain how these shorthand
values work (although in a slightly different way from the way Gecko
does it).


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