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Characters Per Line

From: <mus@designtoday.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:02:17 +0000
Message-ID: <d14d4cd74745afd8aa5b69406add469b.squirrel@server2.pcs-net.com> (sfid-20140414_130226_682494_E470AD07)
To: www-style@w3.org
Hello everyone

I was wondering if their was anything in the CSS spec for dealing with
Characters Per Line. Currently I've made a couple of prototypes using
JavaScript but this can be a huge performance hit on pages with large
amounts of text. As CPL is a huge part of read-ability for text and the
fact we live in a responsive web world maintaining a legible character
line is almost impossible.

The general rule in typography is the CPL should be between 55-75
depending on the typeface family and its subsequent fonts. As each font
has a different character width this can make a huge difference. So the
idea would be something along the lines like

P {
 cpl: 75;

The effect would be that the paragraph of text would never go beyond this
amount, dropping to a newline, thus maintaining readability. I thought
about perhaps a max-cpl or min-cpl but wanted to fire you guys an email
first to get a feel if this is something that would be reasonable.

Thanks for reading, apologies if this is the wrong place to suggest
something like this.

Received on Thursday, 24 April 2014 15:46:59 UTC

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