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Re: [css3-multicol] Overflow and Columns

From: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 12:12:54 -0500
Message-ID: <4790DE16.1050301@inkedblade.net>
To: Alex Mogilevsky <alexmog@exchange.microsoft.com>
CC: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>

Alex Mogilevsky wrote:
>> From: www-style-request@w3.org [mailto:www-style-request@w3.org] On
>> Behalf Of fantasai
>> Sent: Thursday, January 17, 2008 4:01 PM
>> I think we should specify that column boxes should not have overflow
>> in the column height direction (unless there's a fixed height on the
>> multicol element and the overflowing element is both too tall and
>> unbreakable),
> I am not sure there is anything controversial there... If there is no
> specified height, there can't be overflow, right? And there is specified
> height and there is something unbreakable that's overflow, isn't it?
> I general, I like to believe that columns always behave like pages. They are
> like pages, just smaller... It looks like so far we managed to keep breaking
> rules consistent, and I would love to continue that way...

Cool. I'm glad we agree. If Håkon also agrees, then let's put it in the spec. :)

>> Furthermore, I'd like to suggest suggesting that scrollable boxes
>> be considered unbreakable.. because I don't want to implement slicing
>> a scrollable text box into multiple pieces and have it still..
>> scrollable...
> I can live with scrollers being breakable or unbreakable, as long as it is consistent
> across pages and columns. I would rather have scrollers break but not scroll
> than have them behave differently in columns...

Well, the nice thing about scrollboxes in print mode is that you can't scroll them.
They're not interactive, they're just decoration. In multi-columns, even if you break
them in half, they still need to work. Imagine an interactive scrollbox broken into
three parts... now apply the page-breaking rules so no line boxes get cut in half...
while you're scrolling..? I don't want to go there, so we need a "The UA may treat
scrollable boxes as unbreakable."

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