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Re: Suggestion to add "spacing between sentences" to CSS3 Line WD

From: Shelby Moore <shelby@coolpage.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2002 17:27:19 -0600
Message-Id: <4.1.20021216171909.01bfd420(null)>
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Cc: www-style@w3.org


>>> Define "sentence".
>> 
>> Clever :)  Is this a hazing test?
>
>No, it's the reason that we haven't added this to the spec yet.


So I guess you never thought of adding a end of sentence character to
Unicode or seeing if one is already defined.


>> "A grammatical unit that is syntactically independent and has a subject
>> that is expressed or, as in imperative sentences, understood and a
>> predicate that contains at least one finite verb."
>
>This definition raises more questions than it answers: define "grammatical
>unit", "subject", "expressed", "understood", "predicate", and "finite
>verb", in terms of XML and CSS.


Complain to dictionary.com


>> Obviously your point must be that "sentence" will be different in different
>> languages, but so are many other things in CSS.  Or your greater point is
>> that there is no explicit sentence markup.
>
>Well, we already have the rather baffling problem of "what is a word".
>Adding "what is a sentence" is asking a lot of implementors.


End of sentence character.


>> In English language a sentence ends with a period or question mark followed
>> by space(s), or end of paragraph.
>
>Nope!


You expect me to hash out an algorithm in 15 minutes.  Obviously I was just
giving some initial examples.  If you think sentences can not be parsed,
then add an end of sentence character.

If sentence style is not important, then so be it.  I was just making a
suggestion.  I did not propose the entire implementation.  If you feel it
is impossible/impractical to implement, then why not just say that.  You
specifically wanted me to write something that you could poke holes in.
Congratulations.  You will the award.  Now what?


-Shelby Moore
Received on Monday, 16 December 2002 18:31:37 GMT

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