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Chapter 11. Text Property Extensions > text-autospace Property

11.5. text-autospace Property

If you have done much work on creating Web pages destined for an Asian-language audience, you know that there are many occasions when you need to mix in Western-style text with your Asian text. The text-autospace property is designed to let you have more control over the spacing between Western characters and your Asian-based character text. In this way, you can help offset, and perhaps emphasize, the Western characters and words that appear in your Asian text.

The text-autospace property has five properties: none, ideograph-alpha, ideograph-numeric, ideograph-parenthesis, ideograph-space. The none value is the default, setting no special spacing value between any Asian and Western characters that may appear together on a Web page. The rest of the properties for text-autospace describe the conditions under which slightly more space is added when it is next to an Asian ideographic character. So ideograph-alpha adds extra space when any regular Western alphabetical characters appear next to Asian ideographs. Similarly, extra space is added between Asian characters and numerals when ideograph-numeric is used. ideograph-parenthesis is intended to add extra space between Asian characters and information contained in brackets, and when an Asian character is next to a space, ideograph-space is intended to make it a slightly larger space.


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