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Re: Positioned Layout proposal

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2010 08:28:00 -0400
Message-ID: <4CBEE050.6000809@mit.edu>
To: shelby@coolpage.com
CC: www-style list <www-style@w3.org>
On 10/19/10 12:31 PM, Boris Zbarsky wrote:
> On 10/19/10 12:14 PM, Shelby Moore wrote:
>> If pagination algorithm has been designed to be sufficiently orthogonal,
>> then afaics it should also not be touched for this proposal. Are you
>> concerned or aware that some layout engines may not be coded with
>> sufficiently orthogonal (non-spaghetti) design?
>
> "All of them", I would expect.

I should expand on this.  The fact that they are thus coded is a 
_feature_ not a bug.  Any sort of sane pagination algorithm not only 
depends on the layout but also modifies the layout (for a simple 
example, the heights of auto-height blocks end up depending on where on 
the page the top content edge of the block appears).  As such it needs 
to hook into the layout process, and complications to the layout model 
also complicate pagination.

-Boris
Received on Wednesday, 20 October 2010 12:28:37 GMT

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