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Re: Crowd Source Request: Examples of pre in pages you use.

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2019 08:32:17 +0000
To: WCAG <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <d18e1b3f-bfc2-f169-2c87-032f3f46b9a7@splintered.co.uk>
On 31/01/2019 01:25, Jonathan Avila wrote:
> While I am not an expert on this either – I believe for a 3 line Haiku 
> it is the line breaks that matter and thus br would be sufficient.  
> However, there clearly are other poems such as Buffalo Bill’s by E E 
> Cummings where the spacing matter to the artistic prose.
> 
> https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/47244/buffalo-bill-s

Now this is one of those examples that I had in mind when talking about 
"futurist poetry" - where the overall typographic layout (beyond just 
line breaks, but including spacing and overall visual layout and 
arrangement of letters) carries meaning (in some cases resulting in 
something close to word/ASCII art)

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/learn/glossary-terms/futurism

P

> I was hoping that we might be able to gain some insight from the BANA 
> braille rules but they aren’t as useful as I’d hope.
> 
> http://www.brailleauthority.org/formats/2016manual-web/section13.html#_Toc462495173
> 
> http://www.brailleauthority.org/formats/2016manual-web/section13.html#_Sample_4:_Poem
> 
> There are also single line and single word Haikus….
> 
> Jonathan
> 
> *From:* John Foliot <john.foliot@deque.com>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, January 30, 2019 7:55 PM
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> *Subject:* Re: Crowd Source Request: Examples of pre in pages you use.
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> Hi Patrick,
> 
> I'm not a Poly Lit Major, but I believe the formatting of both of those 
> examples is in fact important; certainly the Haiku, which is 
> specifically defined as 3 lines with the 5,7,5 syllable construct. 
> Wrapping (for example) the middle line would certainly break that 
> construct, and it would no longer be a Haiku...
> 
> I also quoted the specific pattern of the Robert Service poem, where the 
> 4-line pattern is also an important literary construct; I can't comment 
> on *how* important, but I do know there is some importance attached. Any 
> academics out there who could weigh in?
> 
> JF
> 
> (Sent from my mobile, apologies for any spelling mistakes)
> 
> On Wed, Jan 30, 2019, 6:07 PM Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk 
> <mailto:redux@splintered.co.uk> wrote:
> 
>     On 30/01/2019 23:42, John Foliot wrote:
>      > Two examples when formatted text is important (if not critical):
>      >
>      > Haiku: (a traditional form of Japanese poetry. Haiku poems
>     consist of 3
>      > lines. The first and last lines of a Haiku have 5 syllables and the
>      > middle line has 7 syllables. The lines rarely rhyme.)
>      >
>      >     The summer river:
>      >     although there is a bridge, my horse
>      >     goes through the water.
>      >
>      > Example of a Robert Service
>      > <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_W._Service> poem
>      > <https://mypoeticside.com/show-classic-poem-26688>: (This poem
>     follows a
>      > regular pattern of four-line stanzas composed of two rhyming
>     couplets.)
>      >
>      >     On a Christmas Day we were mushing our way over the Dawson trail.
>      >     Talk of your cold! through the parka's fold it stabbed like a
>     driven
>      >     nail.
>      >     If our eyes we'd close, then the lashes froze till sometimes we
>      >     couldn't see;
>      >     It wasn't much fun, but the only one to whimper was Sam McGee.
>      >
>      >
>      > In these examples, the formatting of the text also conveys the
>      > Pentameter <https://literarydevices.net/pentameter/>of the
>     rhymes/poems.
>      > Conveying this literary device is wholly dependent on the
>     formatting of
>      > the text:
> 
>     Is it the formatting here, or is it just the line breaks that are
>     important? And is a haiku not semantically better marked up not with a
>     <pre> element, but rather with something like a humble <p> with
>     appropriate (and meaningful) <br> line breaks?
> 
>     P
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>     Patrick H. Lauke
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