5 Apr 2004 dyork   » (Master)

Small Caps - Making The World Less Ugly - markonen: I don't think that haruspex was necessarily saying this was my problem, but I agree with you that it isn't. The issue is with the browser manufacturers who have not correctly implemented the CSS attribute:

  style="font-variant: small-caps"

when that attribute is added to a tag such as, in my case, the <b> tag.

Now, having said that, I as an author/designer have to decide whether or not I want to continue to use this CSS attribute knowing that it does indeed look ugly in some browsers (well, so far mostly Safari on MacOS 10.3). Which is more important to me? The look of small caps in my headings? Or having pages that are not ugly?

I think for the moment I will actually choose to make the world less ugly and just shift back to how I used to do my headings without small caps. And... I'm going to try to file a bug with Apple about Safari's rendering of small caps. Even though the percentage of people seeing my page with Safari on MacOS 10.3 is probably comparatively small, it *is* ugly in Safari.... there's no other way to describe it.

haruspex: Thanks for the interesting pointer to the Yale typefaces. I always like seeing when people have put some real thought into the design of their typefaces.

Thanks, too, for this whole conversation around small caps... I very much enjoyed it.

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