Oversize / Dropped Caps and Initials are NOT paragraph styles.

Benjamin C. W. Sittler (bsittler@prism.nmt.edu)
Mon, 10 Jul 1995 09:41:46 -0600

Oversize caps, dropped caps, oversize initials and dropped initials are
*not* paragraph styles, since they can be applied to any region of text,
from a single letter on up... the only way in which they could be
considered paragraph styles is that their size and position affect layout,
but the same is true of most character-level elements. For example, I may
wish to have all the capital letters in a certain header enlarged, or only
the first one. Being perverse, I could ask for the first and last letters
to be enlarged and dropped.

Are we going to create a billion different paragraph styles (i.e. first
word in small-caps with large, dropped initial, first two words in
small-caps with large, dropped initial, first and last cap enlarged and
dropped, first seven words in small caps, etc...) or will we do it
intelligently, by using character-level styles, like STRONG.First :
font.style = small caps & dropped initial?

 Name: Benjamin C. W. Sittler -- Email: bsittler@nmt.edu -- Snail: P.O. Box 153
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