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

On Thu, May 31, 2012 at 6:29 PM, Jeremie Patonnier <> wrote:

> Hi!
> 2012/5/31 David Dailey <>
>> Losing the ability to do character by character kerning, which apparently
>> is included in the proposal to deprecate would represent a step backward
>> for authors abilities to mimic effects used in advertising and logos and,
>> accordingly, for accessibility, by forcing authors to use bitmaps instead
>> of fonts to convey stylistic effects such as in
> As an author I'm not eager to keep the kerning property. Most of the time,
> to achieve the effect you are talking about, I use regular path instead of
> true glyph (with a "title" or "desc" for accessibility concerne). In the
> case I must use true glyph, I relay on positioned "tspan" to mimic kerning
> effect, so IMO dropping the kerning property is a no brainer.
> If the kerning property (and SVG fonts) were widely supported in browsers
> that would be another story, but the current state of implementation make
> authors already looking for alternative ways to achieve the effects they
> want. Generally speaking, dealing with text in SVG is a PITA so it's not
> that unusual to relay on "foreignObject" + HTML to handle text in SVG Web
> content... and with HTML we can use CSS. So having CSS Text features on SVG
> is, IMO, an improvement for authors.
> It's not related but the day we will have some kind of HTML like text flow
> in SVG it will make web authors life happier :)
At the last F2F, there was a discussion to allow regular <p> elements in
SVG which would certainly satisfy that request.

Received on Thursday, 31 May 2012 17:54:39 UTC