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[Bug 13398] i18n-ISSUE-80: Default rules for the quotes property

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Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:13:42 +0000
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https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=13398

--- Comment #27 from Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org> ---
Point 1 in comment 24 was the result of a sudden bout of stupidity while I was
typing the comment in bugzilla. Please ignore.

Wrt your suggestion in comment 25, it's certainly better in that it uses the
right quotes 'linguistically', but I think there's still an issue about how to
get the primary quotes to appear at the start of the quote in a new language. 

I'd like to get wider input on two questions, and I'm thinking to write to the
typography experts in the digital publishing IG and to the CSS list:

a. am I right to suppose that the quote counter should be reset when the
language changes? (ie. un ¬ętwo "drei... instead of un ¬ętwo 'drei...)  

b. if so, is it actually possible to do this? ie. can the CSS quotes mechanism
be made to do it? Addison pointed out today that this could be messed up by
using more language tags than needed, or by small changes to subtags, even
though the language hasn't changed. 

I suspect it might be possible to express what's needed if quotes has only one
pair of values and we use more selectors to identify the nesting, but I also
suspect that that will create rather unwieldy code.

Should we wait at least until I get an answer to question a?

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