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Re: [css-text] Characters per line

From: Zack Weinberg <zackw@panix.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:34:06 -0400
Message-ID: <CAKCAbMjt=+2xMc=kf0OuCavizQ0hrXoBukbOH7Si0x8QNNS7Og@mail.gmail.com>
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The obvious question is whether this scenario is already adequately covered
by min/max-width:NNNem and/or NNNch.

zw
On Apr 21, 2014 1:15 PM, "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com> wrote:

> [Looks like Koji accidentally appended this to an unrelated thread.
> I'm pulling it out, and I've trimmed the text around it to be just
> Mustafa's email.]
>
> On Apr 21, 2014, at 12:50 AM, mus@designtoday.co.uk wrote:
> > Hello everyone
> >
> > I was wondering if their was anything in the CSS spec for dealing with
> > Characters Per Line. Currently I've made a couple of prototypes using
> > JavaScript but this can be a huge performance hit on pages with large
> > amounts of text. As CPL is a huge part of read-ability for text and the
> > fact we live in a responsive web world maintaining a legible character
> > line is almost impossible.
> >
> > The general rule in typography is the CPL should be between 55-75
> > depending on the typeface family and its subsequent fonts. As each font
> > has a different character width this can make a huge difference. So the
> > idea would be something along the lines like
> >
> > P {
> > cpl: 75;
> > }
> >
> > The effect would be that the paragraph of text would never go beyond this
> > amount, dropping to a newline, thus maintaining readability. I thought
> > about perhaps a max-cpl or min-cpl but wanted to fire you guys an email
> > first to get a feel if this is something that would be reasonable.
>
>
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