7.3. Style Sheets Language Features
CSS Level 2 introduces a few controls that specifically address multilingualism. For more information on these properties, see the CSS2 recommendation (http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-CSS2/).
Future levels of CSS will address advanced foreign language attributes such as vertical text and ruby text. Ruby text is a run of text that appears alongside another run of text (the base). It serves as an annotation or pronunciation guide, as in the case of phonetic Japanese characters that run above the pictorial kanji symbols to aid readers who do not understand the symbols. The current efforts to extend CSS for internationalization are published in the working draft International Layout (http://www.w3.org/TR/i18n-format/). It includes interesting proposals for page layout grids for accommodating vertical text, representing ruby text, and applying existing CSS2 properties to alternative text layouts.
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