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Re: [css-text][css-conditional] language specific support for hyphenation and justification

From: Asmus Freytag <asmusf@ix.netcom.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 07:53:51 -0700
Message-ID: <558189FF.9000906@ix.netcom.com>
To: Peter Moulder <pjrm@mail.internode.on.net>, www-style list <www-style@w3.org>
CC: www International <www-international@w3.org>
On 6/17/2015 6:51 AM, Peter Moulder wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 16, 2015 at 03:40:30PM +0200, Florian Rivoal wrote:
>>> On 16 Jun 2015, at 15:29, Alan Stearns <stearns@adobe.com> wrote:
>>> While hyphenation is often necessary for nice justification,
Viewing hyphenation only in the context of justification seems to me a 
bias from the perspective of languages where most words are short or 
medium length.

There are languages where you might want to hyphenate even without 
(full) justification. Without it, the margins can get excessively 
ragged, and narrow columns can be overrun by many single words, some of 
them quite common.

For obvious reasons, those languages also do not exhibit the same bias 
against hyphenation. Where lack of hyphenation is exhibited today, it's 
an unfortunate effect of English dominated software.

It would be nice to ensure that examples and specifications do not add 
to this bias.

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