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Re: [css3-text] hanging-punctuation and hyphens

From: Ambrose LI <ambrose.li@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Mar 2013 02:18:52 -0500
Message-ID: <CADJvFOUhhtr-WRQXdWQqE3rmcizJEUhq-EdNUgepbuFZpxc=GA@mail.gmail.com>
To: Lea Verou <lea@w3.org>
Cc: www-style list <www-style@w3.org>
2013/3/8 Lea Verou <lea@w3.org>:
> Somebody suggested on twitter [1] that it might be useful for hyphens (added
> by hyphenation) to hang as well, perhaps through hanging-punctuation [2].
> Thoughts?

The hanging-punctuation property seems to be framed in such a way that
feels like itís mostly relevant to CJK (and particularly Japanese)
typography. That might have been why the hyphen was not included in
the list? (Personally speaking when I see hanging hyphens and dashes
in a run of CJK text the result just looks wrong to me.)

In Western typography, the hyphen (and all sorts of dashes) certainly
can hang, and they do hang in, for example, Illustrator and InDesign.

So I guess my personal question would be: if the hyphen is to be
allowed to hang (which is perfectly reasonable and perhaps even called
for, unless hanging-punctuation is to be regarded as a CJK-only
property, which doesnít really seem to be case given the kind of
commas that can hang), should there be some finer-grain control on
when certain punctuation marks are allowed/disallowed to hang?
-ambrose <http://gniw.ca>
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