font-optical-sizing

The font-optical-sizing CSS property sets whether text rendering is optimized for viewing at different sizes.

Syntax

/* keyword values */
font-optical-sizing: none;
font-optical-sizing: auto; /* default */

/* Global values */
font-optical-sizing: inherit;
font-optical-sizing: initial;
font-optical-sizing: unset;

Values

none
The browser will not modify the shape of glyphs for optimal viewing.
auto
The browser will modify the shape of glyphs for optimal viewing.

Description

Optical sizing is enabled by default for fonts that have an optical size variation axis. The optical size variation axis is represented by opsz in font-variation-settings.

When optical sizing is used, small text sizes are often rendered with thicker strokes and larger serifs, whereas larger text is often rendered more delicately with more contrast between thicker and thinner strokes.

Formal definition

Initial valueauto
Applies toall elements. It also applies to ::first-letter and ::first-line.
Inheritedyes
Computed valueas specified
Animation typediscrete

Formal syntax

auto | none

Examples

Disabling optical sizing

<p class="optical-sizing">This paragraph is optically sized.
 This is the default across browsers.</p>

<p class="no-optical-sizing">This paragraph is not optically sized.
 You should see a difference in supporting browsers.</p>
@font-face {
    src: url('AmstelvarAlpha-VF.ttf');
    font-family:'Amstelvar';
    font-style: normal;
}

p {
  font-size: 36px;
  font-family: Amstelvar;
}

.no-optical-sizing {
  font-optical-sizing: none;
}

Note: The font referenced above — which includes optical sizing and is freely-licensed — is good for testing. You can download it on GitHub.

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
CSS Fonts Module Level 4
The definition of 'font-optical-sizing' in that specification.
Working Draft

Browser compatibility

BCD tables only load in the browser

See also