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Re: [css-counter-styles] emdash

From: Simon Sapin <simon.sapin@exyr.org>
Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:13:49 +0100
Message-ID: <55094FDD.60703@exyr.org>
To: www-style@w3.org
On 18/03/15 10:31, Daniel Glazman wrote:
> I received a request from a french EPUB author about the addition
> of emdash as a new value for the 'list-style-type' property without
> having to wait for the implementation of extended counter styles
> or rely on markers. That value is so trivial it could be implemented
> and shipped really quickly.
> That emdash list style type is the norm in french typography for
> dialog quotes. It's also the case in several other languages (spanish
> for instance) and it's used in millions of books.
>    — Comment t'appelles-tu ? dit Jean Valjean.
>    — Petit-Gervais, monsieur.
>    — Va-t'en, dit Jean Valjean.
>    — Monsieur, reprit l'enfant, rendez-moi ma pièce.
>         in Les Misérables, Victor Hugo.
> That would be similar to
>     list-style: symbols(cyclic "—");
> but that one is only implemented by FF at this time I think and EPUB
> authors are left in limbos here.

Lists level 3 already extends the list-style-type property to also 
accept a <string>, so you could write:

     list-style: "—";

This could also be implemented without full Counter Styles, and is much 
more general than a new emdash keyword.

Simon Sapin
Received on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 10:14:13 UTC

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