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Re: CSS 2.1 text-align:justify issue [CSS2.1] [css3-text]

From: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2008 14:42:40 -0700
Message-ID: <488502D0.2050807@inkedblade.net>
To: robert@ocallahan.org
CC: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>

Robert O'Callahan wrote:
> http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS21/text.html says
> "If the computed value of text-align is 'justify' while the computed 
> value of white-space is 'pre' or 'pre-line', the actual value of 
> text-align is set to the initial value."
> 
> There are two problems:
> 1) white-space can apply to inline elements, so this statement doesn't 
> achieve the apparent intent of disabling text-align:justify on 
> white-space:pre/pre-line elements. One could have a white-space:normal, 
> text-align:justify block containing a big lump of white-space:pre 
> content, or likewise a white-space:pre, text-align:justify block 
> containing white-space:normal content.
> 2) Why are pre-line and pre singled out here, but pre-wrap is not? 
> pre-line without any newlines present behaves just like pre-wrap.
> 
> I suggest this be replaced by a statement somewhere that preformatted 
> spaces may not be stretched by text-align:justify.

Recorded as CSS2.1 Issue 53:
   http://csswg.inkedblade.net/spec/css2.1#issue-53

Proposed text:

   Replace
     "If the computed value of text-align is 'justify' while the computed
     value of white-space is 'pre' ... initial value."
   with
     "When 'text-align' is 'justify', characters and letter-spacing whose
      computed value of white-space is not 'normal' and not 'nowrap' must
      not be stretched (or shrunk) during justification."


I also noticed that the note at the end of the section should be normative,
not non-normative.

Proposal:

   Make note after example normative.

~fantasai
Received on Thursday, 24 July 2008 05:16:06 GMT

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