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Re: [css3-text] script-specific functionality (microtypography)

From: Håkon Wium Lie <howcome@opera.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Apr 2011 22:58:51 +0200
Message-ID: <19870.9611.58561.397207@gargle.gargle.HOWL>
To: Alan Stearns <stearns@adobe.com>
Cc: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
Also sprach Alan Stearns:

 > >   text-justify: auto none inter-word inter-ideograph inter-cluster distribute kashida
 > >   word-spacing: 2 new values describing minimum maximum spacing
 > >   letter-spacing: 2 new values describing minimum maximum spacing
 > > 
 > > However, microtypography is not mentioned.
 > > 
 > >   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microtypography

 > I would expect that if we decided to support glyph scaling in CSS there
 > would be a new property alongside word-spacing and letter-spacing that would
 > allow minimum, maximum and optimum glyph scale values. There would not need
 > to be any changes to the currently-proposed properties to accommodate this
 > new control. Does that answer the "compatibility" question you're asking, or
 > is there something else?

I think this new property could work well with 'word-spacing' and
'letter-spacing'. I'm less sure about 'text-justify' -- it seems that
it provides conflicting instructions on how to justify. For example,
these are conflicting:

  word-spacing: 0 0 0;
  text-justify: inter-word;

What would be a good name for at new property for glyph scaling?
Glyph-scaling, perhaps?

 > I consider the methods outlined in the wikipedia article to be fine­tuning
 > controls one can use only *after* the basics (hyphenation, word­ and
 > letter­spacing) are dialed in. The article misquotes Robert Bringhurst,
 > inflating his assessment of the importance of glyph scaling in good
 > justification. The currently­proposed controls in the draft are the most
 > important, so for me the question is how far down the list of possible
 > justification controls do we want to go at this time?

What knobs do you offer in InDesign?


              Håkon Wium Lie                          CTO °þe®ª
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