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Re: [css4-text] 'text-autospace' and French guillemets

From: David Latapie <david@goddess-gate.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2004 22:05:35 +0200
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To: www-style@w3.org


It may sounds I'm just raising an old topic (wich is also prone to  
frequent flame on Usenet) but I simply don't understand the need for  
new CSS rules here.

In august, Etan Wexler wrote that

 > For CSS4, it would be nice if the text module provided keywords for  
 > 'text-autospace' property to add a subtle space between guillemets and
 > their enclosed text.
 > [...]
 > Along similar lines, the text module should accommodate the European
 > convention of adding space before exclamation marks and before  
 > marks.

Here is for French
- This is true for French from France. AFAIK, it is not the case in  
Switzerland and Québec
- This is generated content. No need for CSS4-text. CSS 2 is enough.

The beauty of it is you don't need to manually enter these space  
character manually (or automatically) anymore.

Jukka K. Korpela said:
 > In theory, a browser could interpret thin space characters so that  
 > the text's declared language is French (e.g., lang="fr" or equivalent
 > applies), the width is set to 0.125em. But I don't think it's  
realistic to
 > expect such behavior.

Wouldn't conforming CSS 2 browser handle it? I know IE5/Mac doesn't  
insert unbreakable space with French quoations marks but *in theory*,  
it should be working. The rest is about implementation (or lobbying -  
sad but true).

By the way, is there such as thing as CSS-4 planned?

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