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overflow: scale

From: Ian Brandt <ian@ianbrandt.com>
Date: Wed, 1 May 2002 14:12:18 -0400
Message-ID: <013601c1f13b$bb3790f0$680fa8c0@IBRANDTMOBILE>
To: "WWW-Style" <www-style@w3.org>

Hi,

I'm new here (and to low-level CSS) so sorry if this makes no sense or
has been already asked before (I didn't find anything in the
archives)...

Would it be practical to allow for overflow to be handled by scaling
the content, as opposed to just clipping or scrolling it?  Graphics
and text can both be scaled.  Depending on the content and the
algorithms used by user agents the scaled result may not end up being
the best looking thing in the world, but in many cases it may be
preferable to clipping or scrollbars.

In the same spirit of the vertical/horizontal proposal for the
scrolling option, scaling could be specified as vertical, horizontal,
or both.  Perhaps you could even specify a minimum on scaling, after
which one of the other techniques for dealing with overflow would take
over.

I think this functionality would see a lot of use for things like
containing overflowing tables to creating resizable "flash" like
designs with graphics.

Again, I hope this isn't too out to lunch!

Regards,

Ian
Received on Wednesday, 1 May 2002 14:11:36 GMT

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