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Re: [css-text] Preventing typographic orphans

From: Lea Verou <lea@verou.me>
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2015 01:20:09 +0200
Cc: www-style list <www-style@w3.org>
Message-Id: <56996220-080B-4446-ACBF-20D6F33B4688@verou.me>
To: Glenn Adams <glenn@skynav.com>
Wikipedia mentions them both equivalently, and search results for "orphan" seem more geared to the phenomenon I mentioned. Anyway, Iím not too concerned with terminology, Iím more concerned about whether there is a way to avoid them in CSS, and if not, whether there will be.


On Jan 4, 2015, at 01:15, Glenn Adams <glenn@skynav.com> wrote:

> not really; orphans are more often associated with lines, not "words", and are related to widows; an orphan is a line (or small number of lines) at the end of the column/page which lines continue to next column/page, while a widow is a line (or small number of lines) at the beginning of the column/page which lines continue from the previous column/page;
> using the term "orphan" for "words" is not as common, and refers to words in a short last line of a paragraph (not at the end of a line), that might have been prevented if tighter tracking/setting had been used; i would tend to call this a "short last line" rather than an orphan;
> On Sat, Jan 3, 2015 at 3:39 PM, Lea Verou <lea@verou.me> wrote:
> In typography, orphans are lone words at the end of a line. However, in CSS, the orphans property controls the minimum number of lines in a block container that must be left at the bottom of a page, not the minimum number of words at the end of a line. Is there anything planned for typographic orphans? If not, why?
> This must have been discussed before, but can't seem to find it, sorry. Also, happy new year to everybody!
> ~Lea

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