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Re: Generalizing Markup for Interlinear Text Presentation

From: Florian Rivoal <florian@rivoal.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:50:50 +0900
Cc: public-html@w3.org
Message-Id: <A48D6BE6-E36A-43A9-9DA4-8D9E796F0094@rivoal.net>
To: Daniel Yacob <yacob@geez.org>
Hi,

Sorry for the very late reply.

Other than the fact that ruby is called ruby and not a more general term, could you give some details about what is missing from the existing technologies (markup and css) to be able to adequately represent the kind of interlinear text you are thinking about?

—Florian

> On Nov 28, 2017, at 12:35, Daniel Yacob <yacob@geez.org> wrote:
> 
> Greetings,
> 
> HTML markup support for interlinear text is limited to Ruby annotation use cases. Arguably Ruby is the most common and best understood interlinear writing practice. There are other practices that have layout needs in common with Ruby but then have their own additional presentation requirements. While there may be many uses cases for interlinear text, I'm personally only familiar with staffless chant notation (e.g. Znamenny, Syric, Byzantine, Ethiopic, Hebrew, etc).
> 
> Could the W3C WG for HTML take on the bigger problem of tag support for interlinear text layout?  Ruby might then be treated as a special case of interlinear text and chant as another.  Both could apply a common base tag set, then more specialized tags as needed.
> 
> I realize that this approach throws a wrench into established Ruby markup, which could be grandfathered in and deprecated over time, or not.  My main thrust here is to raise the need for broader interlinear text layout support under HTML and make myself available to discuss requirements with interested parties.
> 
> thank you,
> 
> -Daniel
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