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Re: [css-fonts-4] compat problem with 'system' generic font family?

From: Alan Stearns <stearns@adobe.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2015 06:22:42 +0000
To: John Daggett <jdaggett@mozilla.com>
CC: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>, "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>, "Myles C. Maxfield" <mmaxfield@apple.com>
Message-ID: <D95547BB-D2E0-497D-B77D-93BF5A180F9A@adobe.com>
On 11/9/15, 6:11 PM, "Alan Stearns" <stearns@adobe.com> wrote:

>On 11/9/15, 5:55 PM, "John Daggett" <jdaggett@mozilla.com> wrote:
>
>>
>>Alan Stearns wrote:
>>
>>> Authors will (and should) support older browsers for quite a long
>>> time. Even after all of the current browsers support the ‘system’
>>> value it won’t be safe to use on Windows for years. So they’ll add
>>> ‘-apple-system’ without the unprefixed generic to their font stacks
>>> (as Medium has done now) which may force everyone to implement the
>>> prefixed version (I believe Firefox is already considering this).
>>
>>The ancient Windows 3.0-era font 'System' exists on XP but not on
>>Windows 7 or anything more recent. So I don't really see a great need to
>>use something more awkward simply to avoid name conflicts with 'system'.
>>By the time it's implemented in user agents the need to support XP-level
>>systems will be a thing of the past. Authors can use available
>>techniques for supporting antique browsers.
>
>OK - I did not know that this issue was limited to XP-and-back installs. If that’s the case I’m much less worried.

Except that I just did a vanilla install of Win10, and I have a ‘System’ font present. So I’m back to worrying again.

Thanks,

Alan
Received on Wednesday, 11 November 2015 06:23:12 UTC

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