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Re: [css-text] Control characters

From: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:55:12 -0700
Message-ID: <CAAWBYDA7M6LJ1BMkYUcz9Ehnp2f5Ckdn=9BzLuH5SfxxUSYcEg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Jonathan Kew <jfkthame@gmail.com>
Cc: Brad Kemper <brad.kemper@gmail.com>, Koji Ishii <kojiishi@gluesoft.co.jp>, Anne van Kesteren <annevk@annevk.nl>, Zack Weinberg <zackw@panix.com>, fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>, "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
On Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 8:50 AM, Jonathan Kew <jfkthame@gmail.com> wrote:
> What is "ugly and confusing", IMO, is when browsers display the data
>
>   <U+0048 U+0001 U+0065 U+0002 U+006C U+0003 U+006C U+0004 U+006F>
>
> such that it appears to read "Hello", yet when a user searches for the
> string "Hello" they'll fail to find it; it will be indexed separately; it
> will be mangled by screen-readers; etc., etc.

The same happens with a bunch of invisible non-control characters,
though.  Slip a ZWNJ somewhere in there and you'll get the same
effect.

You might have a consistent policy about these things that dictates
that the control characters are bad but other invisible characters are
fine, though.

~TJ
Received on Friday, 27 June 2014 17:55:59 UTC

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