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RE: [css3-ruby] [css3-text] Position values and before/after definitions in LR vertical writing mode

From: Stephen Zilles <szilles@adobe.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2010 09:36:22 -0700
To: Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>, "'fantasai'" <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>, "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>, "'WWW International'" <www-international@w3.org>
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I agree with Richard, especially since Ruby seems more common on vertical text.

Steve Zilles


> -----Original Message-----
> From: www-international-request@w3.org [mailto:www-international-
> request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Richard Ishida
> Sent: Monday, September 27, 2010 6:11 AM
> To: 'fantasai'; www-style@w3.org; 'WWW International'
> Subject: RE: [css3-ruby] [css3-text] Position values and before/after
> definitions in LR vertical writing mode
> 
> My first instinct is to question whether there is an issue here. Is it a
> problem that ruby text labelled 'before' will appear to the left of
> vertical
> mongolian text?  Before and after refer to the position relative to the
> block progression, in my mind. It's not about top of line coincidence.
> 
> I think that above and below are confusing, since they suggest physical
> locations that are not appropriate for vertical text.
> 
> (Note that the CSS Ruby module says " vertical-ideographic layout mode, the
> ruby appears on the right side of the base" - mongolian isn't ideographic.
> That could certainly be made clearer with a note.)
> 
> RI
> 
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> 
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> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: www-international-request@w3.org [mailto:www-international-
> > request@w3.org] On Behalf Of fantasai
> > Sent: 26 September 2010 15:15
> > To: www-style@w3.org; 'WWW International'
> > Subject: [css3-ruby] [css3-text] Position values and before/after
> definitions in
> > LR vertical writing mode
> >
> > In top-to-bottom horizontal writing mode (English, most other scripts)
> and
> in
> > right-to-left vertical writing mode (CJK), the "before" side and the
> effective
> > top of the line (wrt vertical alignment, glyph rotation, etc) coincide.
> >
> > See
> >
> http://fantasai.inkedblade.net/style/discuss/vertical-text/diagrams/text-
> flo
> w-
> > vectors-tb.png
> >
> http://fantasai.inkedblade.net/style/discuss/vertical-text/diagrams/text-
> flo
> w-
> > vectors-rl.png
> >
> > But in left-to-right vertical writing mode (Mongolian), the "before" side
> and
> > the effective top of the line do not coincide. See the illustration here:
> >    http://fantasai.inkedblade.net/style/discuss/vertical-
> > text/diagrams/mongolian-vectors.jpg
> >
> > The "before" side of a line is to the left. The "top" (ascender) side of
> a
> line
> > is to the right.
> >
> > If ruby-position and text-underline-position use "before" to mean "on the
> > right
> > side of the line" in vertical text, then we have a problem where "before"
> > means
> > different sides of an item depending on what property is involved.
> >
> > Either the definitions should be updated to depend on whether the block
> > flow
> > is right-to-left or left-to-right, or the keywords should be changed to
> > something
> > else to avoid a conflict in meaning. I suggest the latter, since I
> suspect
> that
> > the current definitions are the ones that are typographically relevant.
> >
> > However, I haven't encountered any really good pairs of keywords. (Koji
> and I
> > are using "above" and "below" for now.)
> >
> > Richard, do you have any thoughts on this?
> >
> > ~fantasai
> >
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