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Re: Rotated Content

From: Rasmus Kaj <kaj@raditex.se>
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 1999 20:07:38 +0200
To: springer@netrax.net
Cc: www-style@w3.org
Cc: Rasmus Kaj <kaj@raditex.se>
Message-Id: <19990628200738T.kaj@raditex.se>
>>>>> "SS" == Scott Springer <springer@netrax.net> writes:

 SS> There is one critical attribute that is being left out!  That is
 SS> the ability to rotate rendered text 90, 180, or 270 degrees.  In
 SS> printing, we often find ourselves printing rotated text onto a
 SS> page, especially in financial printing (aka EDGAR).  You will see
 SS> this on the front cover of a prospectus.                  [ ... ]

Two things; If you are talking about whole pages (I don't know EDGAR,
sorry), take a look at section 13.2, Page Boxes [1], in CSS2. If you
talk about individual elements, I agree. But why limit it to four
directions? Why not a float value?

I tought I remembered seeing this on the list before, but I failed to
find it on Ian Hickson's list [2].

It seems to me this is related to the 'position' property, an element
with position: static should probably not be rotatable (just like
'left' and 'top' don't apply to static elements), so it should
probably go into what is section 0.3.2 in CSS2, "Box offsets: 'top',
'right', 'bottom', 'left'", something like this:


    Value:       angle | auto | inherit 
    Initial:     auto 
    Applies to:  all elements (with position other than static)
    Inherited:   no 
    Percentages: N/A
    Media:       visual 

  This property specifies how a box's content is rotated from the
  content of the box's containing block.

Naturally, there should also be examples of this, and what is now
section 4.3.7, Angles [3], should also be updated to note that angles
apply visually as well as aurally.

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/PR-CSS2/page.html#page-box
[2] http://www.bath.ac.uk/%7Epy8ieh/internet/wwwstyle.html
[3] http://www.w3.org/TR/PR-CSS2/syndata.html#q19

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