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Re: [CSS3 Text] incorrect "preferred mark position" for emphasis marks

From: Ambrose Li <ambrose.li@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Nov 2007 19:29:26 -0400
Message-ID: <af2cae770711041529o478bef75x476ffd21b9a244cc@mail.gmail.com>
To: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
Cc: www-style@w3.org

Hi,

On 04/11/2007, fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net> wrote:
> Thanks, Ambrose. I was actually just looking at this yesterday with
> someone from the PRC and he mentioned the same thing. Can you
> double-check the placement for vertical, though? "before" in vertical
> text corresponds to the right side of the line, not the left, and I've
> been told quite definitively by two Chinese students that the marks
> are placed on the right.

my dictionary says this:

"[Translation] The emphasis mark is placed on the right side of words
(in vertically written texts) or below (in horizontally written texts)"

As I understand it, the idea is that the emphasis mark would be placed
where it would not collide with the punctuation marks that indicate
either a proper name or a title of a work of literature (i.e., the straight &
wavy underlines). My perception is that these placements are not cast
in stone, I have seen the underlines placed on either side, depending
on when and/or where a book is published, so I can imagine that the
emphasis mark could also be placed on the other side.

> See also
>    http://fantasai.inkedblade.net/style/discuss/emphasis-marks/zh/
> which seems to have some information on these marks. I haven't gotten
> around to translating it yet -- it would probably take me several hours
> with a dictionary.

I can try to translate it for you tonight. But I took a quick look of the first
page and your scan also says the emphasis mark is placed on the right
side when written vertically (first 2 lines in 2nd column of 1st page).
-- 
cheers,
-ambrose

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