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Re: FYI: "Requirements of Japanese Text Layout" W3C Working Draft

From: Christopher Fynn <cfynn@gmx.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2008 12:14:22 +0600
Message-ID: <4902B93E.1090908@gmx.net>
To: Tony Graham <Tony.Graham@MenteithConsulting.com>
CC: gtk-i18n-list@gnome.org, www-i18n-comments@w3.org

Tony Graham wrote:
> FYI, the W3C has a working draft of "Requirements of Japanese Text
> Layout" available at http://www.w3.org/TR/2008/WD-jlreq-20081015/

Wow. The level of detail in this is something that for English I think 
you'd need to look in sources like Hart's Rules and the Chicago Manual 
of Style just to begin to compile. AFAIK there is no W3C document 
covering Latin or  any other script that goes into anywhere near this 
level of detail about things I suspect only very experienced compositors 
or copy editors would usually know.

I don't know anything about Japanese text layout so I can't comment on 
the details - but I think it is very useful for non-Japanese speaking 
developers to have this kind of detailed information about Japanese text 
formatting available in English so they can design applications to 
accommodate these requirements.

Are there any plans for W3C to prepare this sort of document for other 
non-Latin writing systems?

- Chris

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