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Re: [OT] 'locking' symbols with text

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2005 23:09:38 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200509022209.j82M9cq13086@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: www-style@w3.org

> > There doesn't appear to be a simple CSS solution to either of these
> > issues.

It's not a CSS problem, semantics is an HTML problem.
>   a) With ruby mark-up. This is probably the best mark-up from a

Within the terms of reference of these mailing lists, I would say that
ruby meets the requirement, so there is no need to propose new features.
(Workarounds for current browsers are off topic.)

>      semantical point of view, because the image is indeed an annotation

As I'm sure I've said before, I think, for this to work on the public
web, you have to treat the "images" not as images, but as ideographic
characters, so, in the time frame of proposals on these lists, they
ought to be standardised and allocated Unicode code points.  Depending
on the size of vocabulary, you might need several versions for different
human languages.

I suspect that, compared with the CJK characters, one is probably only
talking about the equivalent of radicals, i.e. they only give a general
meaning or type of meaning and the associated alphabetic word refines
the detail.

(Normally, with ruby, the ideographic characters are the primary 
characters and not the annotations.)
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