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Customer requirement, a critque

From: Dave Pawson <dave.pawson@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2013 07:52:57 +0000
Message-ID: <CAEncD4fHJnxnKqVN_RFvPgERMSrNnsUPAjMbHJg5sNgFjn74Bg@mail.gmail.com>
To: xsl-fo Community Group <public-ppl@w3.org>
Rather than just go in an modify them, comments on the requirements.

1. Adjust font-size.
  Prefer to generalise this? E.g. to adjust (stuff) for a reason? If I
want a smaller font I can specify it?
   Hence it might be  adjust (these parameters/properties) for reason
X, e.g. to fit remaining space on page.
2. Like it.
3. -1 talking about products, surely we should be talking of
fo:blocks? Like it. Just a bigger version of 1?
   Please fit [id range perhaps?] or the contents of a
block-container, in n pages (please add 'starting on
   new page' as an option)
4. Is that a verb? (To catalog?)
   IMHO the formatter needs a get out clause? It is known that some
languages (German?) are incredibly
  verbose compared to others. Is there any language for expressing
max-white-space? I.e. if the ws
  gets more than x% then just do your best, or something along these
lines? How else to provide
the get out for the formatter, or would you want horrible big white
space? An alternative could be
expressed as 'fit these items in the same number of pages' in all
languages? That would allow
the formatter leeway to make a better job?
5. I don't understand this. What images? Provided by whom? Would an
easier one be to simply
say, where a container has n-columns, to require column-balancing?,
i.e. leave ws at the end of
the two columns, in equal quantity?
6. Is this a corner case Tony? I don't know. I can see the use where
'which page this block goes on'
does not matter. IMHO your example is too specific? How to extract a
more general one? How about
"format the blocks in this container for 'best fit' across least
number of pages", or, for facing pages
"Fit this image with that block on facing pages", priority 1..10
7. Like it
8. I would prefer to generalise? Rather than just allow tables to span
columns, allow any block to span
columns(I bet that gets very hard). This to allow newspaper style
spanned blocks?
9. Like it. More specific? Allow formatter to vary widths for labels?
I.e. only widths, nothing else?


Dave Pawson
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