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Re: :first-word

From: Matthew Brealey <thelawnet@yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 1999 04:40:48 -0800 (PST)
Message-ID: <19991203124048.22687.qmail@web903.mail.yahoo.com>
To: www-style <www-style@w3.org>
--- Tim Bagot <tsb@earth.li> wrote:
> On Thu, 2 Dec 1999, Matthew Brealey wrote:
> > Why isn't :first-word in the selectors WD?
> The problem is in defining what a word is in a way
> that works in all
> languages. It probably could be done given
> sufficient effort.

UAs are already required to define a word for

However, the wd should state that UAs should apply
:first-word in a language specific way.

At the very least, it could say that for Western
European languages, it should apply them - even
something that only works for English, French, German,
Spanish, Greek, etc., is of use for hundreds of
millions of people, and by leaving the option to the
UA to have a language-specific approach, it is easily

Alternatively, the UA could define a word as
everything between spaces (of whatever kind, e.g.,
including em space, non-breaking space, etc).

Although this would not necessarily be appropriate in
all languages, presumably if you don't like this
approach, you don't use :first-word (in any case, I
would imagine that :first-word would be less useful in
such languages any way).

It really doesn't seem too much to ask that CSS should
allow the formatting of a simple book to be achieved:

H1 + P:first-word, H2 + P:first-word, H3 +
P:first-word, H4 + P:first-word, H5 + P:first-word, H6
+ P:first-word {font-variant: small-caps}
H1 + P, H2 + P, H3 + P, H4 + P, H5 + P, H6 + P
{text-indent: 0}
P {text-indent: 3%}

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