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Re: Response to response on issue ID 2462

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2008 20:19:57 +0100
Message-ID: <4807A2DD.4020207@splintered.co.uk>
To: public-comments-wcag20@w3.org
CC: Gregg Vanderheiden <gv@trace.wisc.edu>, lorettaguarino@google.com, Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>

Following on from a phone conversation with Gregg just now, I would 
suggest adding "average" in point 2 of 1.4.8 (average in the 
mathematically testable sense - take the total number of chars, divide 
by number of lines, get the average char count per line) - to cater for 
very common situations that could arise with proportional typefaces, 
where even if a block of text is set in CSS to be, say, 65em, a line of 
text with lots of "thin" characters like i/l/1 or punctuation may end 
with quite a higher character count than a line with lots of "wide" 
chars like m/w.

"*average* width is no more than 80 characters or glyphs (40 if CJK)"

This would be my ideal resolution to this issue.

Also, from a point of internationalisation, CJK is mentioned...but what 
about other non-latin script (arabic, for instance)? (hence my copy 
Richard Ishida here, as I'm not sure if he's on the distribution list 
here for the comments)

As mentioned, I won't go through a formal disagreement process if this 
doesn't happen (and I won't have a big strop), but I'm concerned that 
NOT having it would make this SC unworkable for anything other than 
monospaced typefaces.

If it turns out that the group does not agree with the proposed 
modification, I'm still ok with having this issue closed - but with my 
reservation above noted (possibly in the informative documents).


Patrick H. Lauke
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