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RE: words, lines, etc. [was RE: TT and subtitling/captioning - separating...]

From: <Johnb@screen.subtitling.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2003 11:38:34 +0100
Message-ID: <11E58A66B922D511AFB600A0244A722E9EE578@NTMAIL>
To: asgilman@iamdigex.net
Cc: public-tt@w3.org
Al,

> 2. Lines in poetry should be entified, i.e. marked with appropriate
> container elements, and not separated with separators 
> comparable to html:br.
>   The Scooby theme song example is poetry, IMHO.

Agreed, element tags are not displayed, so the presence of inline tags to
mark content specific concepts (like a line in a poem, a verse, stanza,
chorus etc....) would not affect the display. But the content should not
include markup that is display related (i.e. the position of a line break
for a specific display line length). Line breaking **opportunities** and
conversely line break suppresion should however be marked (using wraparound
markup!) within the content.
 
> The presentation spaces for [subtitles and captions]
> are confined enough so that we can't ignore these divisions 
> (as John has said).
> I don't have a suggestion or precedent for how to approach this

Subtitles and captions certainly require stronger mechanisms than appear to
be available in current style models - at least for a 'relaxed' (device
independent) document. I believe it possible though tortuous to explicitly
achieve most of the existing subtitling / captioning display modes using
existing style mechanisms - but this is at the expense of device
independence and with a far higher degree of coupling between style /
content and timing than is IMHO desirable.

regards 
John Birch

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