pages

Erik Aronesty (earonesty@montgomery.com)
Sat, 31 May 1997 23:11:24 -0700


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From: Erik Aronesty <earonesty@montgomery.com>
To: "'www-talk@w3.org'" <www-talk@w3.org>,
Subject: pages
Date: Sat, 31 May 1997 23:11:24 -0700

The concept of "pages" and "paged output" is an important one in 
	human understanding of readable content.

Currently HTML is a "scrolling" medium without pages.

Pages that are defined by browsers are arbitrary...and never take into
account the fact that
	we like to see major headings on "their own page" (without the previous
section's 
	text visible on the screen).

The concept of "pages" is not applicable print-only, and browsers/index
tools could benefit 
	from <PAGE> tags by building appropriately paged "tables of contents".

Also, HTML prints very poorly and could benefit highly from a
specified/implied.
Without a specified page break it is impossible to build formatted
reports that print well.
It is also impossible to have a "print to fit" option in a browser.

Has there been any work done in this area?