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Request for advice: Initial letter behaviour

From: Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:16:45 +0000
Message-ID: <54B50CAD.6040007@w3.org>
To: indic <public-i18n-indic@w3.org>, "CJK discussion (public-i18n-cjk@w3.org)" <public-i18n-cjk@w3.org>, public-i18n-tibetan@w3.org, public-i18n-mongolian@w3.org, W3C Style <www-style@w3.org>
The CSS WG needs advice on initial letter styling in non-Latin scripts, 
ie. things like drop caps, for a recently published Working Draft, CSS 
Inline Layout Module Level 3.

The spec currently describes drop, sunken and raised initial characters, 
and allows you to manipulate them using the initial-letter and the 
initial-letter-align properties. You can apply those properties to text 
selected by ::first-letter, or to the first child of a block (such as a 

The editors are looking for

     "any examples of drop initials in non-western scripts, especially 
Arabic and Indic scripts."

I have scanned some examples from newspapers (so, not high quality 
print). I’ll add a few more shortly.

In the section about initial-letter-align the spec says:

     "Input from those knowledgeable about non-Western typographic 
traditions would be very helpful in describing the appropriate 
alignments. More values may be required for this property."

Do you have detailed information about initial letter styling in a 
non-Latin script that you can contribute? If so, please write to 
www-style@w3.org (how to subscribe).

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