From: Philippe Verdy (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Jul 25 2007 - 06:58:19 CDT
Denis Jacquerye [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] wrote:
> Small-capitals of non existant capitals doesn't make sense to me.
> Titling style does.
This is just a question of terminology. In both cases this designate a font
variant: I also indicated that the terms "small-caps" was not universal and
that other terms were used for designating other similar styles like
"x-caps". I did not use the terms "small capitals", just the SYMBOLIC name
"small-caps" which DOES NOT restrict to "small capitals" and does not
necessarily means capitals (in fact it does not indicate true capitals).
The terms "titling" would as much wrong when the style would be used to
emphasize FULL PARAGRAPHS of texts (such as important notices like absence
of warranties in a software licence or contract) if you take them too
scrupulously. So reread what I wrote, I used "small-caps" not "small
Technically, for rendering purpose, this choice of terminology DOES NOT make
any difference (look for example about the terminologies "letter modifier"
or "punctuation" given in Unicode, it is not always meaning the same thing
in all scripts or languages). What is important is that it designates a
consistent rendering feature, here a font variant, independently of its
actual use or meaning in the text or script, and the fact that there exists
other known variants (like alternate figure styles for digits, superscripts
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