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Re: first-word pseudo-element

From: Tantek Celik <tantek@cs.stanford.edu>
Date: Fri, 18 May 2001 07:37:27 -0700
To: Daniel Glazman <glazman@netscape.com>, "Peter S. Linss" <peter@linss.com>
CC: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
Message-ID: <1221925891-622231296@psdbay.com>
From: glazman@netscape.com (Daniel Glazman)
Subject: Re: first-word pseudo-element
Date: Fri, May 18, 2001, 1:11 AM

> All text/visual properties should apply to all languages and writing system.

I strongly disagree.

It is reasonable to expect that different languages and writing systems will
have different layout/typographic effects in common usage (yes, even before
the web).

Therefore, it is far more useful to pursue properties even if they only
apply to a few languages, than to limit properties to some lowest common
denominator across hundreds of languages.

'word-spacing' may only apply to some languages, just as 'ruby' layout may
only apply to some languages.  There are other examples of properties which
only make sense in a few languages (which happen to be non-Latin) in the
recent CSS3 Text Module.

We should seek to represent the individual stylistic/typographical richness
of different languages and writing systems rather than attempting to force
them all to fit one mold.

Tantek

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