Bug 15383 - Incorrect terminology in 15.5 ('font-variant') : replace "letters"/"characters" with "glyphs"
Summary: Incorrect terminology in 15.5 ('font-variant') : replace "letters"/"character...
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: CSS
Classification: Unclassified
Component: CSS Level 2 (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All Windows 3.1
: P2 normal
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Assignee: Bert Bos
QA Contact: public-css-bugzilla
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Reported: 2012-01-02 11:39 UTC by Anton P
Modified: 2012-12-04 00:54 UTC (History)
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Description Anton P 2012-01-02 11:39:38 UTC
Reported by: Gérard Talbot, Chris Lilley

Section 15.5 (Small-caps: the 'font-variant' property) [http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS21/fonts.html#small-caps] uses the terms "letters" and "characters" but it should use the term "glyphs" instead.

Conversation begins: http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/2011Oct/0350.html (Issue 3)

Bug description:  http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/2011Oct/0427.html
Comment 1 Anton P 2012-01-02 11:47:00 UTC
This issue possibly arises elsewhere in the spec too; review needed.
Comment 2 Anton P 2012-01-02 11:52:52 UTC
Gérard Talbot suggests replacing "letters" with "characters" in item 2 of the second list in Section 15.2 (Font matching algorithm) [http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS21/fonts.html#algorithm].

Conversation begins: http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/2011Oct/0350.html (Issue 3)

Bug description: http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/2011Oct/0472.html (First part)
Comment 3 Anton P 2012-01-02 15:33:41 UTC
Peter Moulder thinks[1] that just replacing "letters"/"characters" with "glyphs" in 15.5 is not ideal either since (for example) that ignores the transformations specified in Unicode's SpecialCasing.txt file.  He suggests that the main point that the spec should convey is just that it's acceptable to use scaled uppercase glyphs in place of true small-caps glyphs: it needn't say anything about how to choose the string of glyphs (as any mention of lowercase glyphs tends to imply).

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/2011Oct/0531.html