Compared with everything that’s gone before, this
section is practically a no-brainer. The properties discussed herein
are so straightforward, and the complexities are so minimal, that
this will probably all come as a great relief. First,
we’ll talk about
then move on to
font-variant before wrapping up
with the font properties.
is very simple: it’s
used to select between
italic text, and
That’s it! The only complication is in recognizing
the difference between italic and oblique text and in knowing why
browsers don’t always give you a choice.
The default value of
font-style is, as you can
normal. This refers to
“upright” text, which is probably
best described as “text that is not italic or
otherwise slanted.” The vast majority of text in
this book is upright, for instance. That leaves only an explanation
of the difference between
oblique text. For that, it’s
easiest to turn to Figure 5-16, which illustrates
the differences very clearly.
Figure 5-16. Italic and oblique text in detail
Basically, italic text is a separate font face, with small changes made to the structure of each letter to account for the altered appearance. This is especially true ...