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Re: text-decoration-skip-ink auto should continue past behavior - 30+ years of underline behavior changed by latest CSS draft

From: Gérard Talbot <www-style@gtalbot.org>
Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:42:06 -0500
To: OwN-3m-All <own3mall@gmail.com>
Cc: W3C www-style mailing list <www-style@w3.org>
Message-ID: <3df1cc64fafdca1f5bb96b208f2c0aac@gtalbot.org>
Le 2018-02-22 15:20, Gérard Talbot a écrit :
> Le 2018-02-21 12:22, Myles C. Maxfield a écrit :
>>> On Feb 21, 2018, at 7:33 AM, OwN-3m-All <own3mall@gmail.com> wrote:
> 
>>> Underlined text should always have the line over all characters.
>> 
>> Nope. This is how computers have historically rendered text. However,
>> historically, most high-typographic-quality examples which include
>> underlines make the underlines skip over the descenders.
> 
> Go to:
> 
> http://history-computer.com/Internet/Conquering/Mosaic.html
> 
> (alternatively go to
> 
> http://history-computer.com/Internet/images/MosaicForMac.gif
> )
> 
> then search for "NCSA Mosaic for Mac" and then search inside the image
> (MosaicForMac.gif) for the words "Subject", "Project", "Special" and
> "Gopher" and you will see that, indeed, the underline was broken, was
> skipping letters j and p.
> 
> Gérard

2 other interesting findings.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2011/10/before-netscape-forgotten-web-browsers-of-the-early-1990s/

In the Erwise browser image
https://cdn.arstechnica.net/2011/10/08/erwise5-4e906ce-intro.jpg
the "ulkopuolella" link, the underline is broken for the "p" letter.

The ViolaWWW Hypermedia Browser image
https://cdn.arstechnica.net/2011/10/08/violawwwabout_1-4e906d8-intro.jpg
is furthermore interesting. You can see clearly both the underline and 
the "yp" descenders in the "SGML and other hypermedia features..." link.

So, indeed, at the start of the web and browser creation (1991-1993), 
software developers seem to have been careful, attentive about the 
rendering of underline of links and the visual appearance of descenders.

Gérard
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