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RE: [CSS3 Text] word-space-symbol Property

From: Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 09:05:08 +0100
To: "'Daniel Yacob'" <locales@geez.org>, <www-style@w3.org>
Cc: <public-i18n-core@w3.org>
Message-Id: <20050919080517.467294F2DE@homer.w3.org>


I am copying in the i18n WG to this thread.  Would anyone who responds
please also do so. Thanks.


Richard Ishida

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: www-style-request@w3.org 
> [mailto:www-style-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Daniel Yacob
> Sent: 16 September 2005 21:53
> To: www-style@w3.org
> Subject: [CSS3 Text] word-space-symbol Property
> Greetings,
> I'm writing to suggest an additional property for the CSS3 
> Text Effects Module:
> Name: word-space-symbol
> Value         : space | nb-space | aegean | ethiopic | 
> ideographic | tibetan | ugaritic | &entity;
> Initial       : space
> Inherited     : yes
> Percentages   : N/A
> Media         : visual
> Computed value: specified value
> This property sets the symbol to display for a space 
> character after other spacing rules have been applied.
> The justification that I can offer for this request comes 
> from Ethiopic practices where a printed word space is used 
> historically.  In the present day some readers white space 
> while others prefer the printed space (U+1361).  Some may 
> like the word space on screen, but prefer white space for 
> printing to save toner.  The capability to toggle the word 
> space on or off as per a reader's preference (javascript 
> interacting with css, or through a display agent's options) 
> solves a problem for both reader and HTML authors trying to 
> satisfy both styles of presentation.
> In other cases the word space is more laborious to type 
> (depending on the input method) and authors who might have 
> used it opted for the easier to type option.  The capability 
> to set the space value automatically after typing would be 
> helpful here.  
> I assume that the preference logic follows likewise for 
> readers of other scripts having a printed word space.
> Another justification would be as a visual aid for 
> proofreading.  For example MS Word (and I assume other 
> editors) uses Middle Dot (U+00B7) to indicate where a space 
> would occur in a document when unprinted symbols are revealed 
> (toggled with the paragraph symbol icon).  To mimic this, the 
> word-space-property would be set to "&#xb7;".
> Also... an issue relevant to ethiopic wordspace and line 
> breaking rules is that the space symbol is legal and expected 
> at the end of line.
> thanks,
> /Daniel
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