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Re: Proposal: add a "small-caps" value to "font-synthesis"

From: Myles C. Maxfield <mmaxfield@apple.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:32:28 -0700
Cc: www-style list <www-style@w3.org>, Ted O'Connor <eoconnor@apple.com>
Message-id: <EEA63083-8142-40E2-B6EE-D1F8D1D44641@apple.com>
To: Alan Stearns <stearns@adobe.com>
Whoops! You are right.

Please consider the amended proposal of adding the new CSS value, and adding this new value to the initial value of font-synthesis.

You are correct about the compat risk. It seems that the original property probably should have been created to mean the inverse of what it means today. Alas, i've misplaced my time machine.

Given that font-synthesis is rarely used (and small-caps is also rarely used), do you have opinions regarding adding this new value anyway?

--Myles
> On Jul 30, 2015, at 3:00 PM, Alan Stearns <stearns@adobe.com> wrote:
> 
> On 7/30/15, 2:42 PM, "Myles C. Maxfield" <mmaxfield@apple.com> wrote:
> 
>> Hello,
>> 
>> The font-synthesis CSS property is a way for authors to opt-out of 
>> synthesized font traits such as bold or italics. It seems reasonable to 
>> add small-caps to this set. Using "font-synthesis: small-caps;" would 
>> specify that, if a small-caps font cannot be found, to use a 
>> non-small-caps font without synthesizing smaller, capital, text.
>> 
>> What are your thoughts?
> 
> I like the idea of disallowing shrunken small caps, but font-synthesis 
> appears to be specified in the reverse of your usage: 
> “font-synthesis:weight;” allows smearing and “font-synthesis:none;” is the 
> setting to disallow it. That makes it difficult to add new categories of 
> synthesis blocking using that property.
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Alan
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