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Re: Proposal: Minor 'text-transform' property revision

From: Jonathan Fielding <jonthanfielding@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:52:34 +0000
Message-ID: <5304E152.2030802@gmail.com>
To: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>, Brian Blakely <anewpage.media@gmail.com>
CC: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>, "Jens O. Meiert" <jens@meiert.com>
The problem of a blacklist is it could be difficult to maintain due to 
different languages, including slang phrases we might want to be 
blacklisted from being capitalized.

Perhaps provide the option to provide words to be blacklisted so:

text-transform-lowercase: a, an, the;

This does raise another concern though, we are then introducing another 
place where we have content in our css, this could potentially cause 
issues where content needs to be CMS controlled due to a multilingual 
site. Also we may need to respecify the 'blacklist' on each element it 
is applied to again adding difficulty to maintaining the blacklist.

Thoughts welcome on what would work best however I think implementing 
this may require some sort of compromise somewhere to make it workable.

> Brian Blakely <mailto:anewpage.media@gmail.com>
> 19 February 2014 16:40
> Digging this discussion back up.
> text-transform: title is the missing link across a gap that still 
> leaves content with the responsibility of informing capitalization styles.
> I suggest adopting a "blacklist" of words to lowercase when this value 
> is applied (capitalizing all others), following guidelines outlined by 
> the MLA:
> Do not capitalize the following parts of speech when they fall in the 
> middle of a title:
>   * Articles (a, an, the, as in "Under the Bamboo Tree")
>   * Prepositions (e.g., against, between, in, of, to, as in "The 
> Merchant of Venice and a Dialogue between the Soul and Body")
>   * Coordinating conjunctions (and, but, for, nor, or, so, yet, as in 
> "Romeo and Juliet")
>   * The to in infinitives (as in "How to Play Chess")
> Implementing a "Do Not Capitalize" list should be an achievable goal, 
> as it focuses on word types, lists of which are available.
> There are example implementations of programmatic title casing out 
> there, such as:
> http://titlecase.com/
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