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RE: Chinese language and emphasis

From: Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2008 16:02:12 -0000
To: "'Swan, Henny'" <Henny.Swan@rnib.org.uk>, <www-international@w3.org>
Message-ID: <00ae01c86359$79c74200$6d55c600$@org>

Well, you could use the <i> tag, as long as you style it differently.
However, I wouldn't recommend it, because it gets you into a
presentationally oriented mode of thinking.  Better therefore use the <em>
tag, and style that differently.

I would imagine you could include Korean in the list. 

Note that CSS3 currently proposes provision of a way of emphasizing
ideographic text with dots.  People will need to lobby the implementers, I
guess, to get that implemented.


Richard Ishida
Internationalization Lead
W3C (World Wide Web Consortium)


From: Swan, Henny [mailto:Henny.Swan@rnib.org.uk] 
Sent: 30 January 2008 13:21
To: www-international@w3.org
Cc: ishida@w3.org
Subject: Chinese language and emphasis

Hi All,
I'm wondering if anyone could answer a couple of questions for me. As I
understand it Japanese doesn’t use italics as a form of emphasis, so using
<i> tags around ideographic text is a big no no. Can anyone clarify if other
languages, specifically Chinese, fall into this category? If Chinese does
how is emphasis indicated visually on a web page, would it be with a dot
above the character?
Many thanks, Henny

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