RE: [xsl] Authority For Western Line Breaking Rules

Subject: RE: [xsl] Authority For Western Line Breaking Rules
From: "Michael Kay" <mhk@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2003 14:16:55 +0100
> I am trying to find an authority for the rules by which Western 
> languages are composed into lines, in particular, the rules for where 
> line breaks are allowed.

In some countries/languages such as France, such an authority may exist.
For most languages, it does not. Grammarians and lexicographers attempt
to discover the rules, not to invent them or prescribe them. Matters of
punctuation and typography are sometimes codified by publishing houses,
but they have no authority (though they may have influence) beyond their
own publications.

Michael Kay

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