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Re: [css3-text] scoping line break controls, characters that disappear at the end of lines

From: Ambrose LI <ambrose.li@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Apr 2012 18:06:56 -0400
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To: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
2012/4/1 fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>

> On 04/01/2012 08:29 AM, Ambrose LI wrote:
>> For Chinese, I think it might be useful to think of this as a “why”
>> question.
>> In Chinese, the ideographic space can be used for honorific purposes.
>> This is a bit old fashioned, but this is still in use in
>> certain locales in certain contexts such as formal letters. So this
>> whether ideographic spaces should be kept is sometimes
>> (but not always) a semantic decision.
>> InDesign’s behaviour probably stemmed from having considered the Chinese
>> usage. (Or at least I hoped so.)
> That brings up a question... Where is the honorific space placed wrt the
> name, and what is its expected line-breaking behavior?
The honorific space, if used, is always placed directly before the name. As
far as my understanding goes (which is really not much), using honorific
spaces in non-justified text is kind of pointless, since it is too hard to
see if the honorific space has been used or not.

It appears that there can be a line break between a honorific space and the
name that follows it; I have put up a scanned sample (with a bit of an
explanation) at http://bit.ly/HyKbZs

-ambrose <http://gniw.ca>
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