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Re: [css3-text] feedback on 'word-break: keep-all;'

From: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
Date: Thu, 03 May 2012 22:53:22 -0700
Message-ID: <4FA36ED2.8070804@inkedblade.net>
To: Ambrose LI <ambrose.li@gmail.com>
CC: www-style@w3.org
On 05/03/2012 10:49 PM, Ambrose LI wrote:
> 2012/5/4 fantasai<fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>:
>> On 05/03/2012 08:08 AM, Ambrose LI wrote:
>>>
>>> But then what is the purpose of keep-all then? If I just read that
>>> description quoted above Iíd assume it *is* the ďexplicit actionĒ that
>>> I needed.
>>
>> The purpose of keep-all is to keep consecutive CJK characters together,
>> whereas normally they are allowed to break anywhere.
>>
>> This is common in Korean, which, like English, uses spaces to separate
>> words.
>>
>> It is also sometimes useful for mixed-script text, where zh/ja snippets
>> are mixed into another language that uses spaces for separation.
>
> Hmm, I guess I remember asking this exact same question before. I
> didnít understand back then, and Iím afraid I still donít understand.
>
> The need to have keep-all functionality in Latin text is as real as
> that in CJK text. Why are the two kinds of scripts treated so
> differently? I mean, this is an override; why canít we have a
> consistent way to override? This makes no sense to me.

Latin *already* keeps consecutive letters together. What do you mean here?

~fantasai
Received on Friday, 4 May 2012 05:53:51 GMT

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