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Re: box tree terminology

From: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 13:14:32 -0700
Message-ID: <4D94E0A8.7080909@inkedblade.net>
To: Alex Mogilevsky <alexmog@microsoft.com>
CC: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
On 03/31/2011 12:23 PM, Alex Mogilevsky wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: fantasai [mailto:fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net]
>> Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2011 12:03 PM
>> Explaining how line breaking works. How pagination works. How the borders
>> and backgrounds are applied to the broken boxes. Etc. I don't have any
>> specific instances off the top of my head, but I've run across the
>> terminology issue multiple times when working on CSS2.1 text.
>> In many cases using the term 'element', e.g. "block container element"
>> doesn't work because we also have to consider anonymous boxes, which split
>> into multiple boxes, but are still all part of one box.
> Maybe it's OK for both kinds of boxes to just be boxes? They have the same
> nature. If "war and peace" is split into two volumes, each volume is a book
> and "war and peace" is a book, too, isn't it?

Yes, but when we need to, we can distinguish "book" and "volume".

So I guess the question is,


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