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Re: Feedback on hyphenation properties

From: John Daggett <jdaggett@mozilla.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2010 23:57:45 -0700 (PDT)
To: Simon Fraser <smfr@me.com>
Cc: "www-style@w3.org list" <www-style@w3.org>
Message-ID: <2036857822.189095.1280991465311.JavaMail.root@cm-mail03.mozilla.org>
Simon Fraser wrote:

> As noted in the Introduction, hyphenation should apply to media
> other than "print", so the hyphenation-related properties should
> move out of GCPM.

I think CSS3 Text is the logical home for hyphenation-related
properties, since hyphenation and justification are typically related
properties.

> Finally we think that doing language-sensitive hyphenation is hard
> because most web content does not have the appropriate "lang"
> attributes. We'd like to suggest a property that permits
> language-sensitive hyphenation, namely "hyphenation-locale" (or
> "hyphenate-locale"), that an author can use to inform the UA about
> what locale should be used for hyphenation:
> 
> hyphenation-locale: auto | string 
> where the string is a locale identifier.
> 
> If not auto, the value would override the language derived from any
> present "lang" attributes.

I don't see the need for an "override" here, what you're describing is
the equivalent of setting the 'lang' attribute, no?  An override would
be something like "the text is English but I want to use German
hyphenation" but I'm not sure that makes much sense as a valid use
case.

Cheers,

John Daggett
Received on Thursday, 5 August 2010 06:58:19 GMT

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