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Re: [css3-writing-modes] before/after terminology alternative?

From: François REMY <fremycompany_pub@yahoo.fr>
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2012 22:37:58 +0200
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--Disclaimer: I'm not following this discussion closely anymore.

However, it seems to me that the various spoken and layout languages used in 
the world have various historical connotations about location keywords 
because of their different writing mode philosophy. So, if we want to use 
keywords to define the writing mode directions, at some point, we'll have to 
use terms everybody can understand unambigously because they don't rely on 
any "spatial" assumption.

It seems to me that the definition is the best place to find something 
everybody can agree with, because obviously everybody read and understood 
the definitions of the specification.

This is just an idea, and maybe some will disagree, but I think that "the 
side from which text of its inline base direction will start" could be 
summarized as "inlinewise-before", while the opposide side could be defined 
as "inlinewise-after". So in "THIS IS A PROPOSAL", "IS" is inlinewise-after 
"THIS" while being inlinewise-before "A PROPOSAL". For the block 
progression, we could say "THE FIRST LINE is blockwise-before THE SECOND 
ONE" and "THE SECOND ONE is blockwise-after THE FIRST LINE".

I believe this is still short enough to be used as keywords. What do you 
think of it?
François 
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