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Re: [csswg-drafts] [css-inline] alignment of initial-letter for South Asian scripts without hanging baseline (#864)

From: Mike Bremford via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2020 17:18:54 +0000
To: public-css-archive@w3.org
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I've been doing some testing with this one too, attempting to match the image from the ILREQ link above, which I'll paste here for clarity:


That's the goal, and some initial testing has given me this:


That's aligning the baseline of the initial-letter with the baseline of the second line of the paragraph, and the cap-height of the initial-letter to the leading-top of the paragraph (indicated by the top-most blue line).

The alignment is significantly different because the top alignment point of the initial-letter is the cap-height. From the diagram, we'd need the top-alignment point to be the "dropcap median line". This is clearly not something that we can assume will align will the cap-height, and not an alignment point we can _easily_ get from elsewhere.

So while I'm in support of adding the "leading" option to `initial-letter-aign`, on it's own not going to solve initial-letter sizing for Tamil or Telugu (or Kannada, which is the script used in this example).

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