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Re: [css3-lists] Khmer consonants as list markers

From: Glenn Adams <glenn@skynav.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2012 21:35:23 -0600
Message-ID: <CACQ=j+fKnYDZMJLURZ_LkB9sOw7qCU7ECnJX-s347KjwTPOwNg@mail.gmail.com>
To: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
Cc: Tony Graham <tgraham@mentea.net>, www-style@w3.org
On Wed, Jul 4, 2012 at 5:21 PM, fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>wrote:

> On 07/04/2012 02:01 PM, Tony Graham wrote:
>> The current CSS Lists and Counters Module Level 3 draft [1] defines the
>> same sequence of numeric characters as both the 'cambodian' [2] and
>> 'khmer' [3] list styles, but does not define a Cambodian/Khmer alphabetic
>> list style.
>> Page 63 of Franklin Huffman’s “Cambodian System of Writing“ [4] states:
>>     For the pagination preliminary to the main body of a book,
>>     and for listing major headings within a chapter, the
>>     consonants of the alphabet are used in their dictionary
>>     order...
>> My understanding is that an Khmer consonantal list style would be used by
>> Khmer speakers if it were available to them [5].
>> Can/should it be added to a future draft of css3-lists?
> Seems reasonable to me. Can you put together an @counter-style rule for Tab
> to copy? (You'll also want to check with Khmer speakers as to what the
> correct
> behavior is once you get to the end of the alphabet.)

A native Khmer speaker is the last person to consult on what is "correct
behavior". In most SE Asian writing systems, there are numerous orderings,
and list formatting behavior. It is not possible to speak of a "correct"
behavior. On the other hand, it is reasonable to choose a "default"
behavior, which can be somewhat arbitrary, depending on whom you survey.
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