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Re: [css-counter-styles] Counting chars instead of symbols in pad

From: Simon Sapin <simon.sapin@exyr.org>
Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:08:56 +0000
Message-ID: <53035B68.8020509@exyr.org>
To: Xidorn Quan <quanxunzhen@gmail.com>, www-style list <www-style@w3.org>
On 18/02/2014 12:57, Xidorn Quan wrote:
> Hi,
> The spec says that, the 'pad' counts the number of symbols, not
> characters. I suggest to change it to counting characters. I have two
> reasons:
> 1. It is not very useful to count symbols. There are many styles use
> multi-character symbols. If people want to build a constant-width
> style based on such styles with pad, they will find it impossible as
> pad counts symbols.
> 2. For some predefined styles, such as the Chinese ideographic styles,
> it is hard to say how many symbols are there, and explicitly defining
> the partition is meaningless while increases the burden of
> implementation.
> Consequently, I propose changing counting symbols to counting
> characters for pad.

"Character" is unfortunately ambiguous. Would this count Unicode code 
points? Grapheme clusters? Something else?


Simon Sapin
Received on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 13:09:20 UTC

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