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Re: should we remove the kerning property in favour of font-kerning?

From: Cameron McCormack <cam@mcc.id.au>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 15:49:25 +1000
Message-ID: <4FC70665.9030106@mcc.id.au>
To: John Daggett <jdaggett@mozilla.com>
CC: Dirk Schulze <dschulze@adobe.com>, Nikolas Zimmermann <zimmermann@kde.org>, SVG public list <www-svg@w3.org>
John Daggett:
> Not sure what you're kvetching about here.  The CSS 'font-kerning'
> property enables or disables metrics-based kerning based on kerning
> data in the font.  It does not take a length value.  So the two
> properties are not equivalent.
> The SVG 'kerning' feature seems designed to allow
> character-by-character tweaking.  One sets the 'letter-spacing' for an
> entire text span and tweaks individual pairs of letters by wrapping a
> span around each pair of characters and applying the appropriate relative
> adjustment via 'kerning'.  My guess is that this was designed to allow
> PDF-like layout where an app spits out a set of characters with
> positions.
> The CSS property is only designed to enable/disable font-based
> kerning.  It's not designed to support character-by-character tweaking
> nor do I think it should.

Do you think it is reasonable to use "letter-spacing: 3px; font-kerning: 
none" in place of "kerning: 3px" for SVG content?  If we are in the 
situation where we could drop "kerning" in favour of authors using a 
combination of font-kerning and letter-spacing, should we do that?  Or 
is letter-spacing something different enough from kerning adjustment 
that it should be kept separate?
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