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Re: Off Topic -- Hard hyphen?

From: Al Gilman <asgilman@iamdigex.net>
Date: Fri, 10 Dec 1999 20:37:16 -0600
Message-Id: <199912110129.UAA18241@smtp2.mail.iamworld.net>
To: "'Web Accessibility Initiative'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
1. There is the whitespace=nowrap formatting property that in theory should
accomplish what you are after if you wrap the whole <span
class='my-nowrap'>hyphenated-expression</span> and then style this class or
ID with the property whitespace=nowrap.

2. Missing characters should go to the Unicode Consortium.  It would be
good to get in touch with the internationalization, XML InfoSet, and/or
math groups depending on just what the character is, to find out if there
are others in W3C that care about this character one way or another.

Al

At 05:43 PM 12/10/99 -0500, Bruce Bailey wrote:
>Is there a character for a "non-breaking hyphen"?  I want a dash that is 
>treated like any other non-space alphanumeric character:  i.e., one that, 
>if near the end of a line, causes the line to wrap at the space before the 
>text that precedes the hyphen rather than just after the hyphen.  An 
>equivalent Navigator-ism would be <nobr>-</nobr> (not valid html).  &minus; 
>is logical, but is kind of an abuse (and not compatible with the 3.x 
>browsers).  I know about &shy; why not a &hhy; ?  A proper "en dash" 
>(&ndash;  or &#8211; ) is a little to large and is not compatible with 3.x 
>browsers.  I even went so far as to try &#150; -- it's also too big (but it 
>IS compatible with the 3.x browsers) but wraps the same as a regular 
>dash/hyphen.  (Yes, I know this "illegal" character gets the hackles up of 
>the Unix crowd -- but I still blame _them_ for leaving fundamental 
>typographical characters out of the 3.2 character set!)
>
>I can't find anything that works.  I am tempted to create a IMG graphic, 
>but I am sure that it will mess up my line height, this technique is not 
>scaleable, and I just can't believe I am the only person who needs this.
>
>On a related, but perhaps equally off topic question, is there a 
>straightforward HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" statement that would make my use 
>of "windows" characters between &#127; and &#159; legal?  There was a whole 
>discussion of this earlier, and people generously sent me URLs to academic 
>discussions of characters sets.  I learned a great deal, but there was a 
>lot I could not follow.  In particular, I could not discern a truly 
>cross-platform backwards-compatible way to generate typographical quotation 
>marks.  I am still using &#147; and &#148; and plan to do so until 
>Navigator and IE support the <Q> ... </Q> construct.
>
>What is the correct channel to go through to suggest missing characters? 
> The official W3C specs themselves point out that the basic mathematical 
>symbols "implies" and "is implied by" (as well as the more obscure "not a 
>super set of") are omitted.  URL:
>http://www.w3.org/TR/html40/sgml/entities.html#h-24.3.1
>
>Thank you.
>-- Bruce Bailey
> 
Received on Friday, 10 December 1999 20:27:56 GMT

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