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RE: Bengali Writing Styles

From: Yves Savourel <ysavourel@translate.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2005 15:59:51 +0200
To: <goutam.k.saha@cdackolkata.com>
Cc: <public-i18n-its@w3.org>
Message-Id: <20050907140024.568B4128F2@smtp1-g19.free.fr>

I just wanted to say that a mechanism for specifying writing styles would (to me) look similar to the one for specifying rendering
styles: the info should be outside the content file itself, just like info about rendering should be in a stylesheet rather that the
HTML file.
Just an example... :)

-----Original Message-----
From: Goutam Kumar Saha [mailto:goutam.k.saha@cdackolkata.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, September 07, 2005 10:22 AM
To: Yves Savourel
Cc: public-i18n-its@w3.org
Subject: RE: Bengali Writing Styles

Dear Yves,
Thanks for your response. Please note that I am not talking about displaying through style-sheet, rather I want to mean to provide
some syntactic/semantic information to the translator where Bengali text is a source or target one. What I want to mean through our
Bengali writing style is to describe Bengali language formal usages only (this is applicable for many languages). For informal
usage, we can provide information through attributes.

> Thanks for the input Goutam.
>> 1.  for abbreviation in case of non-propernoun, we use a ":"
>> after the first letter (of a Bangla word) instead of a "."
>> (in English), 2.  for divine (Bengali Religion-Hindu) we use the 
>> Bangla letter (Chandrabindu) or the Unicode-09FA, 3. we recommend 
>> that for worship in Bangla (Hindu) we use Sanskrit Chant (written in 
>> Bangla script) should be treated as "no translate."
>> 4. In Bangla, we use the Unicode-09F7 (or "|") in stead of "."
>> as the sentence final (punctuation).
>> 5. Microsoft-XP on screen keyboard does not support the above 
>> mentioned Bangla sentence final punctuation.
> Looking at the "content style" requirement 
> <http://esw.w3.org/topic/its0504ReqCulturalAspects>, this Bengali 
> examples illustrate well, I think, an aspect that goes beyond what we 
> have currently in the requirement. Namely very precise "writing 
> guidelines" rather than just a "type" of style (such 'formal' vs. 
> 'informal').
> Currently I don't think a solution could do anything beyond providing 
> a way to label the content. Like the example at the bottom of the wiki 
> page shows.
> This type of problem seems similar to labelling content for specific 
> rendering. You can say a word will be 'emphasized', but it's up to the 
> style-sheet to decide what type of emphasis to use (bold, italics, 
> etc.). A style could be specified, but the exact rules to follow for 
> that styles would be to the user to define. Wouldn't they?
> -yves
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