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Re: Request for advice: Initial letter behaviour

From: Somnath Chandra <schandra@deity.gov.in>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:30:44 +0530
To: Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>, indic <public-i18n-indic@w3.org>, "CJK discussion (public-i18n-cjk@w3.org)" <public-i18n-cjk@w3.org>, public-i18n-tibetan@w3.org, public-i18n-mongolian@w3.org, W3C Style <www-style@w3.org>
Cc: slata <slata@mit.gov.in>
Message-id: <fb1fa7de16fd1.54b92094@nic.in>
Hello Richard,

The usage of initial letter styling like drop caps are often used in Indian Languages. They are prevalent in the Newspapers and magazines. Some of the usage of Initial letter styling across Indian Languages is enclosed for your kind perusal. We are are collecting information about more languages.
Pl find the attached HTML file for details.

Regards,
~Somnath



On 01/13/15 06:09 PM, Richard Ishida  <ishida@w3.org> wrote:
> 
> The CSS WG needs advice on initial letter styling in non-Latin scripts, ie. things like drop caps, for a recently published Working Draft, CSS Inline Layout Module Level 3.
> http://dev.w3.org/csswg/css-inline/#initial-letter-styling
> 
> The spec currently describes drop, sunken and raised initial characters, and allows you to manipulate them using the initial-letter and the initial-letter-align properties. You can apply those properties to text selected by ::first-letter, or to the first child of a block (such as a span).
> 
> The editors are looking for
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>  "any examples of drop initials in non-western scripts, especially Arabic and Indic scripts."
> 
> I have scanned some examples from newspapers (so, not high quality print). Iíll add a few more shortly.
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ishida/sets/72157650248400402/
> 
> In the section about initial-letter-align the spec says:
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>  "Input from those knowledgeable about non-Western typographic traditions would be very helpful in describing the appropriate alignments. More values may be required for this property."
> 
> Do you have detailed information about initial letter styling in a non-Latin script that you can contribute? If so, please write to www-style@w3.org (how to subscribe).
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Dr. Somnath Chandra
Scientist-E
Dept. of Electronics & Information Technology
Ministry of Communications & Information Technology
Govt. of India
Tel:+91-11-24364744,24301856
Fax: +91-11-24363099
e-mail :schandra@mit.gov.in

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