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Re: Language (in)dependent hyphenation properties

From: Bert Bos <Bert.Bos@sophia.inria.fr>
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 1998 14:30:29 +0100 (MET)
To: Asmus Freytag <asmusf@ix.netcom.com>
Cc: www-international@w3.org, www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <13922.39326.646569.226761@www43.inria.fr>
Asmus Freytag writes:
 > For German, it is not an acceptable fall back to insert spaces between
 > letters for a narrow column. A significant portion of readers will
 > understand this to be *emphasized* text. This is true, even though this
 > form of emphasis is based on usage in Fraktur and typewritten style. It's
 > common enough still to affect the reader's perception.

Yes, this exact example is also in our book (Lie & Bos, "Cascading
Style Sheets" (1997), page 153)

The default in CSS is indeed to allow the browser to vary the letter
spacing, but the 'letter-spacing' property can force a particular
value, including 0.

I believe that is enough to deal with this particular problem.

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