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Re: [css3-text] Tab U+0009 expansions to 8 spaces

From: Brad Kemper <brad.kemper@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2011 07:08:07 -0800
Cc: David Singer <singer@apple.com>, Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>, W3C style mailing list <www-style@w3.org>, Christoph Päper <christoph.paeper@crissov.de>
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To: Koji Ishii <kojiishi@gluesoft.co.jp>
I think it needs to have a <length> if it is to be definable at all. That is more normal for tabs (in word processing, graphic design, etc.) than counting out space characters.

On Feb 23, 2011, at 11:33 AM, Koji Ishii wrote:

> Thank you all for the information for the implementations. We have added the property to the Editor's Draft[1].
> 
> We didn't add <length> version though, as existing implementations don't support it, and we could add it in future if we've got enough interests from implementers.
> 
> 
> Regards,
> Koji
> 
> [1] http://dev.w3.org/csswg/css3-text/#tab-size
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: www-style-request@w3.org [mailto:www-style-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of David Singer
> Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 2:25 AM
> To: Anne van Kesteren
> Cc: W3C style mailing list; Christoph Päper
> Subject: Re: [css3-text] Tab U+0009 expansions to 8 spaces
> 
> 
> On Feb 21, 2011, at 4:22 , Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> 
>> On Mon, 21 Feb 2011 13:15:25 +0100, Christoph Päper <christoph.paeper@crissov.de> wrote:
>>> Robert O'Callahan:
>>>> Gecko already supports a "-moz-tab-size: <number>" property.
>>> 
>>> Wouldn't <length> be more useful, preferably given with proposed unit 'ch'?
>> 
>> No need to make something simple so complex. Tab expansion is defined as number of spaces pretty much universally.
> 
> It's pretty universally defined to allow for vertical alignment.  That's pretty rarely a fixed number of spaces, specially when spaces have a 'soft' width (e.g. in justified-right text).  Even microsoft word sets them on a regular ruler...
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> 
> David Singer
> Multimedia and Software Standards, Apple Inc.
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