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[Bug 15683] New: It is very tedious and almost impossible to properly display poetry that is typographically metered, specially in Arabic since it needs strict typographical alignments. The fact that Arabic readers almost always come across poetry on daily bases as they b

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Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2012 00:25:48 +0000
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https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=15683

           Summary: It is very tedious and almost impossible to properly
                    display poetry that is typographically metered,
                    specially in Arabic since it needs strict
                    typographical alignments. The fact that Arabic readers
                    almost always come across poetry on daily bases as
                    they b
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: Other
               URL: http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/#top
        OS/Version: other
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P3
         Component: HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson)
        AssignedTo: ian@hixie.ch
        ReportedBy: contributor@whatwg.org
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org,
                    public-html@w3.org


Specification: http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/Overview.html
Multipage: http://www.whatwg.org/C#top
Complete: http://www.whatwg.org/c#top

Comment:
It is very tedious and almost impossible to properly display poetry that is
typographically metered, specially in Arabic since it needs strict
typographical alignments. The fact that Arabic readers almost always come
across poetry on daily bases as they brows the net makes this a requirement.
That would also almost be true for most languages which use poetic proverbs in
articles and writings to convey ideas and thoughts.
I can think of two solutions at this time to properly display this:
1. An HTML tag with attribute <poetry stanza="value">. From there, a CSS3
selector can easily refine the presentation form of the piece.
2. Basically the tedious way of using <p> and/or <table> and/or <li> and/or
<span> etc then applying a presentation formatting on selectors. Not an
eloquent way at all to say the least.

By introducing the new <poetry> tag and starting with "stanza" attribute, I am
sure that the tag will grow interest for further refinement and more
attributes will be introduced for the tag to be an efficient way of
representing that kind of literature in any kind of language.

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