Re: FW: Font-family specification

Hakon Lie (
Wed, 31 Jan 1996 17:41:23 +0100

Thanks to Chris and others for pointing out potential problems with
the current font specification in CSS1 [1]. There have been 2 proposed

- introducing commas to separate font families, e.g.:

font-family: new century schoolbook, serif;

- quoting font familiy names with spaces in them, e.g.:

font-family: "new century schoolbook" serif;

Both these would solve the problem for the 'font-family' property, but
only the latter would work in the compound 'font' property. E.g., for the
hypothetical font family 'best in bold':

font: 12pt/14pt best in bold

Here, it would be ambigous if 'bold' is a part of the font family name
or a value to the 'font-weight' parameter. Unless better solutions are
suggested, I'll add quoting of font family names to the next version
of the specification.




Hakon W Lie, W3C/INRIA, Sophia-Antipolis, France