Re: Portrait vs. Landscape (was Re: THEAD & TFOOT for colum
To: Hakon Lie <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Portrait vs. Landscape (was Re: THEAD & TFOOT for colum
From: "Neil St.Laurent" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 1997 09:52:46 -0600
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> By reading other messages in this thread, I now understand that
> the terms "landscape" and "portrait" have been used to describe
> scrolling directions. I don't think this is good use of the terms, but
> at least I understand what you mean now..
Yes, I agree the choice of terms was likely not too good on my part
-- thus I'll just use vertical/horizontal.
> - in the CSS1 formatting model, block-level, non-floating elements
> are laid out from top to bottom.
This is the major problem with the standard I have (a separate issue
from colunmns/pagination but requires similar introductions of
> direction content is laid out, but this is not yet available. Note
> that CSS1 can equally well support right-to-left as left-to-right
> writing direction since this only changes the way content is laid out
> *within* the elements..
I just wonder about the truth and solidity behind the
internationalization movement if the abilitiy to represent horizontal
layouts isn't there. Indeed I've checked and a couple of the eastern
languages write lines top-down and work from the right to the left in
their representation. The current standard would thus seem to
exclude a minimum of 20% of the world's population from using their
native language, and also prevents historical representations of old
languages -- such as egyptian I believe.
However, if the COLHEAD/COLFOOT issue was resolved in the HTML
standard there is at least a temporary "hack" that can be done to
represent those languages.
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