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RE: Language (in)dependent hyphenation properties

From: Jelks Cabaniss <jelks@jelks.nu>
Date: Thu, 26 Nov 1998 18:38:27 -0500
To: "Bert Bos" <Bert.Bos@sophia.inria.fr>, <www-style@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000201be1995$de5fe2c0$a56c9bd0@jones.com>
Bert Bos wrote:

> We are looking for ways to give Web designers more control over
> hyphenation/line-breaking, with the help of properties in CSS.
> We need expert advice ...

Those experts should be sought in the Typesetting, Word Processing, and DTP
disciplines that have been in practice for years: Adobe (PageMaker and Frame),
Corel (WordPerfect), Interleaf, and scores of others.  For example, Chris Wilson
might enlist the help of the MSWord team.

I am *not* an expert, but I'll make a comment anyway:  Hyphenation definitely
adds complexity in processing (though it's taken for granted in modern word
processors); unless you used the rather primitive purely algorythmic-based
hyphenation (where "prefix" is handled OK, but "preened" bombs), you need
dictionaries to look up where hyphenation may occur.  And since most webpage
authors probably don't think *right now* about hyphenation for "normal"
left-justified web pages, perhaps

    Property:    hyphenation
    Value:       on | off
    Initial:     off

might be a good starting point, with the facility to take advantage of it when
conforming UAs appear.

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