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RE: ordinals vs. superiors

From: Stephen Zilles <szilles@adobe.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Sep 2013 08:40:31 -0700
To: John Daggett <jdaggett@mozilla.com>, fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
CC: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
Message-ID: <CE2F61DA5FA23945A4EA99A212B1579572101452E3@nambx03.corp.adobe.com>
I am fine with the resolution of the issue and the changed text. I wanted to note, however, that there is a subtle issue with the text of  Example 18. The text about ordinal markup is correct, but the subtlety is that in the original conception the <span> to which the "font-variant-numeric" property is applied could have been an entire paragraph and only the ordinals within that paragraph would be affected. As long as only a few languages were being supported, this worked. But, it soon became impossible to encode all the rules for all the languages and Adobe, at least, made the decision that it would leave it up to the application program constructing the file to decide what were "ordinals" in the text. The end result of this is that for the ordinal construction to work, correctly from the author's viewpoint, it is necessary to place the <span> just around the actual ordinal itself. I do not know whether it is necessary to point this out in the Example 18 text, but it is an important change from what the specification of the "ordn" feature says in the OpenType spec.

Steve Zilles

-----Original Message-----
From: John Daggett [mailto:jdaggett@mozilla.com] 
Sent: Monday, September 02, 2013 4:03 PM
To: fantasai
Cc: www-style@w3.org
Subject: Re: [css3-fonts] ordinals vs. superiors

fantasai wrote:

> I think it would be helpful to clarify
>    Enables display of forms used with ordinal numbers to
>    Enables display of letter forms used with ordinal numbers given the 
> rest of the values only deal with number forms.



John Daggett

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