In comparison with everything that’s gone before, this section
is practically a no-brainer. The properties discussed herein are so
straightforward, and the complexities so minimal, that this will
probably all come as a great relief. First we’ll talk about
font-style, and then move on to
font-variant before wrapping up the font
is very simple: it’s used to
italic text, and
That’s it! The only complications are in recognizing the
difference between italic and oblique text and knowing why browsers
don’t always give you a choice anyway.
The default value of
font-style is, as we can see,
normal. This refers to
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.
leaves only an explanation of the difference between
oblique text. For
that, it’s easiest to turn to Figure 5-24,
which illustrates the differences very clearly.
Figure 5-24. Italic and oblique text in detail
Basically, italic text is in some way its own font, with small changes made to the structure of each letter to account for the altered appearance. This is especially true of serif fonts, where in addition ...