Text direction use cases for Justsystem folks

Kobayashi-san, Takeno-san,

Welcome to the internationalization work of the W3C.  I'm looking forward to working with you in the CSS area, and thank you in advance for what I'm sure will be very useful assistance.

You may be interested to know that I have been involved in some discussions this year about CSS text direction, although unfortunately I have found it very difficult to make enough time to get involved.

I did however introduce the idea of defining use cases and describing how they would be implemented in CSS, XSL-FO, and SVG.  This was well accepted by the CSS group.  An initial outline of this is available at http://www.w3.org/International/2005/04/writing-direction/en/all.html

NOTE: very few of the code snippets on that page are more than placeholders at the moment.  Apart from the early CSS code snippets it all still remains to be written, and is currently incorrect.  The main value of the page at the moment is the graphic (therefore readable) versions of the potential use cases.

This page, when completed, should be useful for the following reasons:

1. it grounds discussions on practical foundations, and allows us to more easily examine what the goals are

2. it helps compare current approaches and gaps across CSS, XSL-FO and SVG

3. it allows for discussion and comparison across groups with regard to the best approach for development - we should be looking for a common way to address vertical text wherever appropriate across CSS, XSL-FO and SVG groups.

4. it will eventually provide a useful, visual set of guidelines for content developers to figure out how to implement a particular text direction using one of the technologies covered.

I have obtained commitments from Elika Eternad to come up with the CSS code, Steve Zilles to provide XSL information, and Chris Lilley to provide SVG information.  All of these people have been busy vacationing or with other things over the summer, so we should remind them soon to have a look at this again.

Yoroshiku onegaishimasu,


Richard Ishida

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Received on Friday, 2 September 2005 13:17:11 UTC