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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 18:00:23 -0600
Message-Id: <4.1.20021216175213.01bf52b0(null)>
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Cc: www-style@w3.org


Before I address your points, let me point out that I am not the only
person to raise this issue in W3C (thanks to my co-worker for research):

http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/1998Nov/0057.html


>> So I guess you never thought of adding a end of sentence character to
>> Unicode or seeing if one is already defined.
>
>I doubt that many authors would want to add an EOS character at the end of
>their sentences as _well_ as a space (you couldn't only have one, since
>that wouldn't work on existing UAs).


Well I can implement it automatically in Cool Page and that is about 1000
new users per week.  I do not know how web pages it is because it is in the
100,000+ if not 1 million by now.  Here is 23,000 pages made with Cool
Page, who bothered to submit to AltaVista:

http://www.altavista.com/cgi-bin/query?pg=q&kl=XX&q=link%3A3dize.com

And you seem pre-judged against a solution before even consulting with
major vendors of editing software.


> And if you could do that, why not
>just put in a wide space?

If you mean em or en space, I covered that already in previous reply today.
 Also this would not delimit the sentence uniquely to enable other sentence
style.

However, if you mean a new kind of space which delimits sentences, then yes
I am agreeble.


>(The exclamation mark was just an example of a sentence that didn't match
>your definition.)


Okay all that ends well is well.  :)


>> Obviously I was just giving some initial examples.  If you think
>> sentences can not be parsed, then add an end of sentence character.
>
>I don't think that is generally acceptable as a solution.

Why?

>
>> If you feel it is impossible/impractical to implement, then why not
>> just say that.
>
>I thought it better to give my reasons and try to see if they could be
>overcome rather than dismiss the proposal out of hand. :-)

"Define 'sentence'." is a command, not a reason.  Any way, maybe it is just
a cultural difference.  My mistake for taking it negatively.

-Shelby Moore
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