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Re: [css3-text] Taiwanese newspaper line-wrapping rules

From: Ambrose LI <ambrose.li@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 May 2013 02:08:44 -0400
Message-ID: <CADJvFOXgSxqj4xHw3mHs7W1MeGSkt=4c27eeLG7Qz_LhHT0jeA@mail.gmail.com>
To: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
Cc: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>, WWW International <www-international@w3.org>, CJK discussion <public-i18n-cjk@w3.org>, epub-working-group@googlegroups.com, "Kang-Hao (Kenny) Lu" <kennyluck@csail.mit.edu>
2013/5/24 fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>:
> I'm in Taipei at the moment, and have seen multiple examples, in
> newspapers and in signage, of lines beginning with closing quotes,
> closing parens, periods, and commas; and of lines ending with
> opening quotes/parens. Things that would never be allowed in
> Japanese typesetting, and which are forbidden by PRC's ÷.
> I am wondering if this difference arises from Taiwanese typography's
> stronger emphasis on the character grid, and the way they set their
> punctuation centered within the em-box. I would hope it's not just
> sloppy typesetting engines!
> The readers here don't seem to find such line breaks odd in
> newspapers and magazines, and would write on grid paper this way
> (as for homework in school). They explain to me that for them,
> a punctuation character is like a word, too. But on non-gridded
> paper, they would not write this way. (They're surprised when I
> point this out, though.)

I didnt know Taiwanese newspapers do this too. But Newspapers in Hong
Kong definitely do (or at least used toits been quite a while since
I picked up a Chinese newspaper).

I used to think this was just because typography can be sloppier when
its newspapers (I dont think Ive seen this in books; its just
newspapers), probably because in the old days it would have been too
much work to justify all the copy by hand. But in any case I dont
think its sloppy typesetting *engines*, because if you checked out
things published before computerized typesetting became the norm Im
pretty sure youd still this sort of typesetting on newspapers.

-ambrose <http://gniw.ca>
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