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Re: When is a first letter not a :first-letter?

From: Philip TAYLOR (Ret'd) <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2008 17:16:39 +0100
Message-ID: <486906E7.9010700@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
To: David Walbert <dwalbert@learnnc.org>
CC: Ambrose Li <ambrose.li@gmail.com>, www-style@w3.org

David Walbert wrote:

 > For "normal typographic practice" the main use case would be something
 > like a drop cap, and I'd never make a numeral into a drop cap. But best
 > practice in English is if your sentence starts with a number to spell it
 > out rather than using numerals -- which means it's a moot point whether
 > the numeral is a "first letter" for styling purposes; styling that first
 > numeral would be a questionable presentation of bad editing.

There is also the rule that numbers less than ten
should always be spelled out, so /if/ one were to
treat digits as letters for the purposes of "first-letter",
one would (in documents where this rule is observed)
be affording special treatment to the first of a sequence
of digits rather than the first and only digit ...

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