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Re: Another cut on the Character-Transform Property

From: Perry Smith <pedzsan@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Apr 2010 18:14:10 -0500
Cc: www-style@w3.org
Message-Id: <D29DD9F2-7B35-434D-8EC0-4C3FF6C54613@gmail.com>
To: John Hudson <tiro@tiro.com>

On Apr 4, 2010, at 3:13 PM, John Hudson wrote:

> Perry Smith wrote:
>
>> The title of the section is "Positional character forms" ...
>
> Well, I might take issue with that terminology too.:)
>
> 'Positional character forms' suggests to me something like word- 
> positional forms or Arabic letter-group positional forms -- initial,  
> medial, final --, i.e. forms determined by character position.
>
> A general problem of the draft, from a typographic perspective, is  
> that the terminology is often not that used by typographers. Apart  
> from being confusing, this leads some of my colleagues -- notably  
> David Berlow -- to question the W3C's credibility in defining  
> typographic features. The target audience for advanced typographic  
> features in CSS is presumably people who know something about  
> typography, so presenting information in terminology that is  
> familiar to those people is probably a good idea.

I agree completely.  Before I posted, I went looking for what would a  
typographer call this and I did not find anything.

As far as W3C's credibility, to me, the "box model" that W3C (CSS)  
defines is so terribly confusing compared to TeX's.

So... any typographers here on this list?
Received on Sunday, 4 April 2010 23:14:45 GMT

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