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

From: Shelby Moore <shelby@coolpage.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2002 21:29:17 -0600
Message-Id: <4.1.20021218212526.01c3dbc0(null)>
To: Mikko Rantalainen <mira@cc.jyu.fi>
Cc: www-style@w3.org

>>>>>Ok well you write the algorithm that you propose we include in the CSS
>>>>>spec, preferably compatible with the majority of CSS' users' languages
>>>>End of sentence character.
>>>Do you mean that one would use style like
>>>	sentence-end-of-character: ".";
>> No I think we were referring to a new EOS character, e.g. &eos;
>If we start putting extra characters to point out where sentence borders 
>are, why not just markup it correctly? For example: <s>This is a 
>sentence.</s><s>This is an another sentence.</s>

At this point, my vote is also against sentence markup, because there is no
reliable way for it to be done automatically, unless one is using a
sentence parse.  In which case, it might as well be in the user agent so
that transformations are delayed until latest possible time, thus offering
most generality and extensibility.

>That way we can use CSS we have today to style the text as we like and 
>we don't have the same problems we have with the <br> today.
>> In my last response, I stated that I think sentence parsers are better way
>> to go.  And that I bet parsers exist, even I don't have time to research 
>Sentence parsers sound great, but I'm afraid we aren't seeing any of 
>those in any browser in next N+2 years. Probably never, if the only 
>reason to have them is to have slight improvement in rendering. In 
>addition, such a parser should be able to decipher incorrect grammar and 
>typing mistakes to be usable in normal web pages.

Grammar correction and other uses of sentence parsers (such as natural
inflection text-to-speech) sounds like a great idea for a way to
incentivize their inclusion in user agents.

-Shelby Moore
Received on Wednesday, 18 December 2002 22:28:38 UTC

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