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[CSS21] spellings used in specification

From: Anton Prowse <prowse@moonhenge.net>
Date: Mon, 08 Jun 2009 18:04:52 +0200
Message-ID: <4A2D36A4.7020405@moonhenge.net>
To: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
I wasn't sure if the spec was yet in a sufficiently advanced state to 
raise spelling issues, but given today's discussion I'll send this email 
which has been lying around for a while, which raises the "descendant" 
vs "descendent" issue that David Baron looks to have at least partly 
addressed.  Perhaps the source references are of use.

I just wanted to raise a quick editorial issue: the words "descendent"
and "descendant" are used throughout the spec, both as adjectives and
nouns.  Whilst both are acceptable in both roles according to Merriam
Webster, I think the spec should opt for one spelling per role and use
it consistently.  Note that Merriam Webster prefers the '-ant' form in
both roles, while the Oxford English Dictionary is having none of the
'-ent' form at all!

Also, in 17.5.2 (Table width algorithms: the 'table-layout' property):

  #   However, once the calculated value of 'width' for the table is
  #   found (using the algorithms given below or, when appropriate, some
  #   other UA dependant algorithm) then the other parts of section 10.3
  #   do apply.

s/UA dependant/UA-dependent/

Anton Prowse
Received on Monday, 8 June 2009 16:06:05 UTC

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