KCNA’s typography guidelines are a geek’s nightmare

An extract from the html of the kcna's home page
An extract from the html of the KCNA’s home page

The KCNA’s typography guidelines for displaying the names of the three Kims, at least on their kcna.kp domain, are keeping their typesetters unnecessarily busy. Whenever Kim Jong Un’s name is displayed it has to be in a bigger font size than the surrounding text, and it is not permitted to be broken by a carriage return. So the name is wrapped in span tags and given a class called “spanT”, which has {font-size:120%;}. But strangely the span is then wrapped in deprecated nobr tags. Why not add {white-space:nowrap;} to the spanT class in the stylesheet, thus cutting out the need for typing the nobr tags and the additional deprecated html?

A screenshot of a representative page from the KCNA.dp website, showing the different font sizes
A screenshot of a representative page from the KCNA.dp website, showing the different font sizes

2 thoughts on “KCNA’s typography guidelines are a geek’s nightmare

  1. Watch out! You might get arrested under the National Security Law for helping North Korea with their coding!

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