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Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2006 11:22:44 -0500
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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.


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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