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Place hints in foreign language teaching material (was: Suggestions?)

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2004 08:24:41 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <200412020824.iB28Ofw06868@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

> Subject: Suggestions?

This is too generic; I almost deleted it as spam.

> Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit.
>              A                    B             C                         D

I think this really requires Ruby, but, although partially supported
by some browsers (including IE), is not in the mainline HTML specifications
(there is an XHTML Ruby module, but that requires full XHTML support,
not the IE, treat as broken HTML, support.

> Line	Donec lacus nulla, blandit scelerisque, consequat vitae, sollicitudin
> 5	  vel, lacus. Sed ultrices suscipit odio. Pellentesque sem purus, auctor

This is essentially a presentational problem.  I think the very first think
you should be asking yourself is whether this print media convention is
appropriate for new media.  If it is, you again need XHTML 2.0 (line elements,
assuming this is poetry and the line breaks aren't just arbitrary), and you
will need a very good CSS implementation, supporting generated content or
some CSS3 features.  (Another, reasonably semantic approach, is to treat
this as an ordered list and try to style out the unwanted numbers - again
needs good CSS support.)

Trying to do this with tables really indicates that the requirement is too
technical for a simple, general purpose, markup language, like HTML.
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