SVG Font Use Cases

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Considering that Web fonts in general may soon allow more traditional font formats to be downloaded on demand, we need to examine the use cases for SVG Fonts in particular, in which SVG Fonts fulfill use cases other fonts can't.

  • complex shapes for illuminated fonts (example)
  • overlapping content (not just outlines)
The glyphs don't have the same constraints that TT/OT glyphs have, 
in terms of placement of control points, winding rule, avoidance of 
overlap and self-intersection. They can mix cubics, quadratics, and 
straight line segments as needed.

In other words, if you can draw it, you can make it a glyph. And the 
SVG engine can already render it because it already knows about paths, 
fill, stroke, opacity etc.

Of course, the temptation is to just draw something which looks,  
visually, like text. SVG gives the option to make it real, searchable, 
accessible and updatable text, for very little more effort.
  • customized logo glyphs (see Google logos)
  •  ?? please add others

Talk about concrete use cases