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Re: [css-inline] Alignment of Drop Caps

From: Liam R E Quin <liam@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2014 16:00:30 -0400
Message-ID: <1400184030.9692.62.camel@slave.barefootcomputing.com>
To: Dave Cramer <dauwhe@gmail.com>
Cc: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
On Thu, 2014-05-15 at 12:16 -0400, Dave Cramer wrote:

> I. WHY CSS DROP CAPS?

I support this strongly.

I have also been compiling some notes on this as blog postings at my
revivified blog:

http://barefootliam.blogspot.ca/2014/04/formatting-drop-caps-with-css.html
(I wrote this before Dave or I found css inline, but it still applies)

http://barefootliam.blogspot.ca/2014/05/bruce-rogers-on-drop-caps.html
has some good and some bad examples, and explains them clearly.

http://barefootliam.blogspot.ca/2014/05/using-images-as-initial-drop-caps.html
shows the alignment points needed and I try to explain why they are
needed.

Drop caps are an effective way to distinguish chapter or section
openings; "decorative initials" and "historiated initials" are often
used to enliven them, but drop caps have a practical function.

Future blog articles from me may include some non-Latin-script examples
(I used a Greek example for XSL-FO but want to add Hindi, Chinese and
Farsi).

Liam

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