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Re: international layout and justification

From: Andrew Cunningham <andjc@ozemail.com.au>
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2001 22:11:31 +1000
Message-ID: <000a01c0f4cb$26be0660$04d7223f@oemcomputer>
To: <www-international@w3.org>, <lote-notes@lists.nwjc.org.au>
Hi again every one

font the answer to most of the questions myself in


although still interesting in wether anyone knows if Microsoft has adopted
the recommented defaults in
http://www.w3.org/TR/css3-text/#justification-prop  or if they're using
different defaults?

----- Original Message -----
From: Andrew Cunningham <andrewc@mail.vicnet.net.au>
To: <www-international@w3.org>; <lote-notes@lists.nwjc.org.au>
Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2001 3:45 PM
Subject: international layout and justification

> Hi everyone,
> Sorry for the cross posting.
> I'm in teh process of putting together some web oages which introduce a
> aspects of HTML, XHTML and CSS internationalization that is relevant to
> creation of Syriac web pages using unicode.
> Syriac, like Arabic, utilises kashida as the default form for
> normalization. From memory, this was discussed in a W3C working darft on
> internalional layout. Microsot has implemented this in IE 5.5 and IE 6 on
> the windows platform (lathough this is dependant on the version of
> uniscribe, and having Arabic and Syriac open type fonts that support
> kashida, I think. Could be wrong on this point.)
> While preparing the notes on Syriac web pages, i've been doing some
> research. IE 5.5 uses a CSS property that Microsoft have added
> 'text-justify' and in IE6 they are adding 'kashida-space'. There role in
> Arabic is documented in
> http://www.microsoft.com/middleeast/msdn/JustifyingText-CSS.htm
> The behaviour in Syriac is similar. Did some testing last night. The
> default justification for Arabic and Syriac in IE5.5 is Kashida.
> The discussion on 'text-justify' indicates it can have the following
> values: auto | inter-word | inter-ideograph | distribute |
> distribute-all-lines | newspaper | kashida. Of these inter-word |
> | kashida are relevant for Arabic and by extension Syriac.
> 'text-justify' is detailed in
> tify.asp
> so finally to the question,
> Which langauges (scripts) would use which values? I know some of the
> apply to CJK and south east asian languages, and maybe indic. Does anyone
> have any details as to what languages use which values. I haven't managed
> to locate any additional information from Mirosoft's web site yet, other
> than the two references above.
> Also what would be the default justification for each of these languages?
> thanks,
> Andj.
> Andrew Cunningham
> Multilingual Technical Project Officer.
> Accessibility and Evaluation Unit, Vicnet,
> State Library of Victoria
> Australia
> andrewc@vicnet.net.au
Received on Thursday, 14 June 2001 08:04:24 UTC

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