The working group believes this draft is stable and it therefore issues a last call for comments, before requesting the status of Candidate Recommendation for the draft. The deadline for comments is 30 August 2002.
Four and a half years ago! That’s a long feedback process!
The module introduces a few new features into the coder’s lexicon, and although none of them are truly essential, they would be very useful; there is so much text on the web, but typography is the least-developed aspect of CSS.
font-size-adjustlets you preserve the height of type even if the user doesn’t have your first-choice font installed. Certain fonts have higher height aspect than others, so type that you’ve carefully styled to appear at a certain height could suddenly appear smaller if font substitution was used.
font-size-adjustlet’s you overcome that problem. The module provides some examples of font height aspects.
font-stretchis useful when displaying font families with condensed or extended faces, such as Arial. You can select absolute (condensed, extended, etc) or relative (narrower, wider) values.
font-effectallows you to apply ‘special effects’ to your font; choose from embossed, engraved, or outlined text.
font-smoothswitches anti-aliasing on or off. Fonts look so ugly without anti-aliasing, I can’t imagine a situation where you’d ever turn it off!
Finally, three declarations with limited use outside of East Asia:
font-emphasize-position, along with the shorthand
font-emphasize. These are used only to set emphasis on East Asian characters.
Will this module make it to recommendation in this form? Or will it make a comeback in altered form? I suspect the latter. But I think the most radical change to web typography will come not from the implementation of this module, but from the implementation of @font-face, which will facilitate the use of non-core fonts.
By the way, anyone interested in web typography should, if they haven’t already, read Richard Rutter and Mark Boulton’s Web Typography Sucks presentation. It’s a 4MB PDF download, but well worth ten minutes of your time.
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Fonts look so ugly without anti-aliasing, I can’t imagine a situation where you’d ever turn it off!
Imagine that you want to type something in pixel font (which looks the best at 7px) to achieve arcade-game style – so you use 28px. With antialiasing on, you will get blurred text style- and tasteless. Without aa your text will be perfectly rectangular. :)
The font-effect sounds nice. I’d like to have the ability to curve text, display vertically, sideways and to be able to squish the text or stretch it (not just kerning but actually height and width of the letters), afterall if we are going to be stuck with just a handful of fonts that would help us modify them a little more to make them interesting.