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RE: [css3-text] line break opportunities are based on *syllable* boundaries?

From: Koji Ishii <kojiishi@gluesoft.co.jp>
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 22:37:16 -0500
To: Mark Davis ☕ <mark@macchiato.com>, fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
CC: Ambrose LI <ambrose.li@gmail.com>, John Cowan <cowan@mercury.ccil.org>, CE Whitehead <cewcathar@hotmail.com>, "addison@lab126.com" <addison@lab126.com>, "kennyluck@w3.org" <kennyluck@w3.org>, "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>, "www-international@w3.org" <www-international@w3.org>
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> As to the wording in http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/2011Jan/0667.html

> (and copied below) it needs some work. For example, take just the first line:
>
> > For most scripts, in the absence of hyphenation a line break occurs only at word boundaries.
>
> "For most scripts" should be "In most writing systems".

Thank you, I'll fix this too.

> And the second part is wrong. Take "A quick (brown) fox jumped.";
>  there is a word break that is not on a word boundary by most
>  people's understanding. "(" is not part of the word "brown", but
>  there is a word break before it. 

I agree you're accurate, but if you look at where the text appear in the spec[1] and read on, you'll find that it's the first sentence of a non-normative introduction text. In the text we'd like to explain some writing systems do not use space to separate words, and the first paragraph you mentioned is to show the difference. The paragraph does not intend to define how line breaks occur in English. If many people care so much, I can change "only at word boundaries" to "usually at word boundaries", but I'm not sure if it's worth efforts considering its context.

[1] http://dev.w3.org/csswg/css3-text/#line-breaking


Regards,
Koji

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