Re: [css3-text] New Working Draft

From: fantasai (
Date: Wed Apr 20 2011 - 22:31:52 CDT

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    On 04/20/2011 07:58 PM, Philippe Verdy wrote:
    > I disagree, because it breaks the inherent nature of the script. Joins
    > in Arabic are mandatory, and create "super grapheme clusters".

    Joins in Arabic are mandatory, and they are also broken across lines
    for hyphenation.

    > When you say that it does not consider morphemic, syllabic, or other
    > boundaries , this is already wrong because it already considers the
    > default grapheme cluster boundaries. Note that the default grapheme
    > boundaries were designed only to be locale neutral. But here we are
    > speaking about localization where the language and its script will
    > matter, including in its fundamental properties. Joining types in
    > Arabic are key parts of the script.

    Which is why the joining behavior is preserved even though it is broken
    across lines.

    > But in the previous part of the specification, nothing speaks about
    > them, and all what is left on the upper levels where trying to find
    > language-correct boundaries will fail. After this level, there shoudl
    > still be a level related to the script itself (independantly of the
    > language), before trying the last-chance "emergency" breaks. This
    > intermediate level can still be prioritized, just as it was in the
    > previous steps.

    CSS does not prohibit such steps, but I do not think it should
    prescribe them in this case. That's not what this feature is for.

    > And yes, even in that case you could still insert the hyphenation
    > symbol to show that the word was effectively broken (it is common
    > practice to insert it, even in the Latin script and even if this is
    > not the preferred syllabic or morphemic break position, which can only
    > be infered by language specific rules and a lookup dictionnary for
    > handling many exception cases).

    "word-break: break-word" does not insert hyphens. Hyphenation is a
    different feature.

    > The hyphenation symbol is generally very narrow, and if needed, it
    > cans still overflow a bit in the margin.

    Note that overflowing even "a bit" still produces scrollbars.

    > The choice of the hyphenation symbol is also a property of the script.
    > In many East and South-East Asian scripts, there's not even any symbol
    > for that, because break can occur between all grapheme clusters.

    If you've got a pointer to resources indicating the correct hyphenation
    symbol for various scripts or languages, I'd be interested in linking
    that from the hyphenation section. :)

    > Note: in Indic scripts, the danda or double-danda punctuations should
    > be treated like the commas and stops in your spec and preferably not
    > left alone on the next line, even if it falls within the margin (you
    > showed cases for East-Asian scripts only : Han, Hiragana, Katakana,
    > Hangul, Bopomofo, Yi, Mongolian...)

    Are you talking about the rules for 'hanging-punctuation' or 'line-break'
    or something else?


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