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[css3-text] Greek and UPPERCASE

From: Lea Verou <leaverou@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 22:52:48 +0300
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This is a long-standing issue with greek and text-transform:uppercase; 
or font-variant:small-caps; which I thought the WG was already aware of, 
but it was pointed out to me by fantasai that it's not. So here goes:

In greek, we have accent marks that denote in which syllable you put the 
stress on when pronnouncing a word. For example, in the word καλημέρα, 
the accent mark is on the 6th character. However, when words are written 
in all UPPERCASE, those accent marks are removed (for example, ΚΑΛΗΜΕΡΑ 
for the same word, not ΚΑΛΗΜΈΡΑ). The only case where an accent mark is 
included in a capital letter, is when it's the first letter of the word 
(e.g. when it's a name or it's at the beginning of a sentence). This 
rule is not followed by the aforementioned CSS rules, as they just use 
the corresponding uppercase unicode character, making those declarations 
completely unusable in greek websites.

I had a hard time finding an english source for this, I only found this 
one: http://www.foundalis.com/lan/grstress.htm which doesn't look very 
credible. However, if you ask any native (or even non-native probably) 
greek speaker, they will confirm this.

Lea Verou (http://leaverou.me | @LeaVerou)
Received on Tuesday, 24 May 2011 19:53:21 UTC

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