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Re: [css3-page] Rules for Pagination into Varying-Width Pages

From: Alan Stearns <stearns@adobe.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2011 09:18:46 -0700
To: Alex Mogilevsky <alexmog@microsoft.com>, "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
CC: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
Message-ID: <CAA74576.7D0F%stearns@adobe.com>
On 9/26/11 5:41 PM, "Alex Mogilevsky" <alexmog@microsoft.com> wrote:

> I like the "top of page" rule. It would make no sense to me if clearance could
> be applied to part of a block.
> 
> I also agree that use cases with overlapping floats can only occur from bad
> design or misuse of content, so it doesn't matter all that much what the
> result is...

If it does not matter all that much, then why invent a new rule? I think
staggered content is always preferable to overlapping. I'm not entirely sure
whether staggering continuations are preferable to overriding author intent
by squeezing, but so far I haven't been convinced that the top-of-page
continuation rule is useful enough to warrant a new layout algorithm.

If the floats started in the narrower page we'd stagger them. That's a
settled question. In most well-designed cases there will be space at the top
of the page for continuations. In some layouts where where there are
variable-width pages, and there are boxes that need continuing on a narrower
page, and the box sizing has not taken the page size into account, there may
be a problem. That sounds like an edge case to me, and could be solved in a
readable way by staggering the boxes using the existing layout rules. How
important is top-of-page in these instances? What's the problem we're
solving, and is the solution worth the effort?

Alan
Received on Tuesday, 27 September 2011 16:19:17 GMT

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