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Re: CSS and East Asian Width

From: Bobby Tung <bobbytung@wanderer.tw>
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2015 18:44:17 +0800
Cc: Timothy Chien <timdream@gmail.com>, WWW International <www-international@w3.org>, CJK discussion <public-i18n-cjk@w3.org>, "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>, 中文HTML5同樂會ML <public-html-ig-zh@w3.org>, Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>
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To: Xidorn Quan <quanxunzhen@gmail.com>

> Xidorn Quan <quanxunzhen@gmail.com> 於 2015年12月17日 下午3:54 寫道:
> On Thu, Dec 17, 2015 at 5:30 PM, Timothy Chien <timdream@gmail.com <mailto:timdream@gmail.com>> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> The Unicode® Standard Annex #11 have long defined a set of
>> recommendations [1] on handling character width in East Asian context.
>> [1] http://www.unicode.org/reports/tr11/#Recommendations
>> I assume the recommendations are directed to handling the display of
>> the data so it ought to be addressed in CSS. However, these remain
>> unspecified in the CSS spec, and web authors have to workaround the
>> problems (particularly, characters with ambiguous widths) by
>> hard-coding OS font names or even shipping their own web font, to
>> ensure width are displayed correctly in critical places, like ASCII
>> art "images”.
> I don't really see anything which should be addressed but remains
> unspecified in CSS in the section you mentioned. Could you point out
> exactly which sentences do you think of?

May it relate to CSS Font Module level 3 East Asian font variant?

https://drafts.csswg.org/css-fonts/#font-variant-east-asian-prop <https://drafts.csswg.org/css-fonts/#font-variant-east-asian-prop>

> For ASCII Art, I believe that you just need "monospace" generic font
> family (optionally with "white-space: pre"). Not sure why authors have
> to "workaround" it.
>> Character grid [2] was a related proposal being mentioned by Mr.
>> Ishida in [3], but it was removed from the current CSS Text spec [4].
>> The current CSS Text spec does not specify any feature allow web
>> authors to specify character width directly nor indirectly from, for
>> example, HTML "lang" attribute.
>> [2] http://www.w3.org/TR/2003/CR-css3-text-20030514/#document-grid <http://www.w3.org/TR/2003/CR-css3-text-20030514/#document-grid>
>> [3] https://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-i18n-cjk/2015OctDec/0017.html <https://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-i18n-cjk/2015OctDec/0017.html>
>> [4] http://www.w3.org/TR/css3-text/ <http://www.w3.org/TR/css3-text/>
> I believe character grid isn't about "to specify character width
> directly or indirectly". It is about a special alignment rule when
> narrow / proporational characters appear in wide / monospace document.
>> Quick web searching shows there wasn't any discussion took place,
>> ever. People have pointed out offline to me that there isn't a lot of
>> interest on this either (particularly because people are able to
>> address the issue are not the user of East Asian languages I guess?)
>> So here it is. Is there any previous discussion/conclusion I am not
>> aware of? Thanks!
> For the character grid, there was actually some discussion happens in
> TPAC2015. Florian proposed a simplified version of character grid
> during CSSWG meeting there. Minutes can be found here [1] (see "Inline
> Character Grid" section).
> [1] https://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/2015Nov/0264.html <https://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/2015Nov/0264.html>
> - Xidorn

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