[whatwg] size attribute

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Tue Apr 28 13:12:57 PDT 2009

On Tue, 28 Apr 2009, Kristof Zelechovski wrote:
> All user agents should take the effective language into account for the 
> purpose of evaluating the average character width.  This is not how the 
> browsers currently behave.  However, since the rendering section is 
> non-normative, describing the right behavior does not break the Web.  
> It is irrelevant what all the browsers currently do, unless a vendor (or 
> anybody else) stands up and convinces us that this postulated behavior 
> is wrong or impractical.

The goal of the rendering section is to describe what a browser should do 
to be compatible with what legacy content expects.

> You take the equivalence between characters and glyphs for obvious and 
> granted because you are English; however, for a significant part of the 
> humanity this is simply untrue.  Please reconsider.

I do not believe that using the word "glyph" in this particular case would 
improve the readability of the spec.

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