On Dec 1, 2006, at 10:24 AM, J.Fine wrote:
> In web pages, CSS is commonly used for 'font selection'
> and if required the endcoding can be Unicode.
> I'd find it helpful to know to what degree CSS and
> Unicode would solve font selection problems for
> printed pages.
Well, Unicode as implemented in XeTeX (and other TeX-variants) is
solved for most problems.
CSS font selection is pretty primitive --- the only thing it adds
AFAICT would be ``Generic font families'' (which map nicely to
<foo>default) adding ``cursive'' and ``fantasy''.
> Excluding mathematics, of course. That has its
> own issues.
> I'm expecting a relatively short list of things
> that can't be done, or done only with difficulty.
Things which CSS font selection doesn't encompass:
optical size (as opposed to physical --- I left this out of my list)
font features such as swash and contextual ligatures
They do have a nice numbering scheme for weight though (100--900)
which could be adapted --- there's no reason this couldn't be a
superset of CSS --- that's a very good idea and also use the
numbering scheme for widths.
senior graphic designer
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