All this talk of browsers supporting color SVG fonts is exciting: gradients, transparencies, strokes, patterns, embedded bitmaps. Could this SVG font technology could be used to support monochrome SVG fonts? Picture a display typeface with a semi-transparent calligraphic effect. Where strokes overlap, it looks more opaque. At one end of the stroke, there's more ink than at the end of the stroke. I can use current OpenType SVG font technology to create this. But the color is absolute. If I use black shapes with transparency gradients the user can't change the colour of the font. What I want if for the users to be able to use them like normal, non color fonts. Select the text, change the colour; just like they've been doing since time immemorial.
And I also wan to use embedded monochrome bitmaps. Rather than being limited to using complex geometry to create textures, embedded black & transparent bitmaps could be used to create texture and then have the user define the color.
Is this something that could be worked into the OpenType SVG color font format?