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Re: [webvtt] 3.1 Line wrapping for non-Latin scripts [I18N-ISSUE-434]

From: Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Mar 2015 11:19:53 +1100
Message-ID: <CAHp8n2ns-NCwEcpao1OC_2v17=zSdFOh9rK857UyEMAZtntHbA@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Phillips, Addison" <addison@lab126.com>
Cc: "public-tt@w3.org" <public-tt@w3.org>, "public-i18n-core@w3.org" <public-i18n-core@w3.org>
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Regards,
Silvia.

On Sat, Mar 21, 2015 at 7:49 AM, Phillips, Addison <addison@lab126.com> wrote:
> I18N comment: https://www.w3.org/International/track/issues/434
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> 3.1 Text track cues
> http://www.w3.org/TR/2014/WD-webvtt1-20141111/#text-track-cues
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> Line wrapping should take into account the special rules needed for scripts such as the following:
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> - Chinese, Japanese and Korean wrap after characters, but don't put certain characters at the start/end of a line
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> - Thai and other SE Asian scripts wrap at word boundaries, but words are not delimited by spaces – spaces are instead used to separate phrases.
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> - Tibetan wraps after the tsek character that follows a syllable – words are not separated by spaces.
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> - Indic and other complex scripts break at orthographic syllable boundaries, which are often two or more grapheme clusters.
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> See http://www.w3.org/TR/css3-text/#line-breaking for additional background. (http://r12a.github.io/scripts/tutorial/part5 provides additional examples, if needed.)
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> 6.2.1 says that "Text runs must be wrapped according to the CSS line-wrapping rules", but that is a little vague (and, to be honest, the CSS information on script behaviour is also somewhat sparse). No mention is made of default settings for the line-break and word-break properties.
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> It would be good, as a minimum, to remind implementers that script-specific wrapping algorithms need to be supported for WebVTT content.
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> (6.2.2 says that "the 'word-wrap' property must be set to 'break-word'". Note that a alternative, and somewhat more descriptive name for this property is overflow-wrap.)
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> In addition, we noticed in:
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> http://www.w3.org/TR/webvtt1/#cues-with-multiple-lines
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> In Section 1.1, there is discussion about line-wrapping and line-breaking. The examples are given in English. "Balancing" line wrapping might take different forms because of the presentational needs of various langauges.
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