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Re: text wrap

From: Jon Ferraiolo <jferraio@Adobe.COM>
Date: Tue, 01 Feb 2000 15:54:00 -0800
Message-Id: <200002012350.PAA22272@mail-345.corp.Adobe.COM>
To: "Pawson, David" <DPawson@rnib.org.uk>
Cc: "'www-svg@w3.org'" <www-svg@w3.org>
There have been numerous requests for this feature. Unfortunately, it
doesn't look like it is going to happen with SVG 1.0. The SVG working group
decided against this feature for SVG 1.0 very early when we were
identifying the graphics feature set for the upcoming language. One reason
is that XHTML/CSS/XSL do word wrap and (theoretically) you can insert a
fragment of a wrappable XML grammar inside an SVG 'foreignObject' element.
One major problem with wrapped XML inside of an SVG 'foreignObject' is that
it is unlikely any implementations will be supporting this anytime soon.

Bottom line: at this late stage, it is unlikely such a complex feature
would sneak into SVG 1.0 at the last minute.

Jon Ferraiolo
SVG Editor
Adobe Systems Incorporated

At 08:27 AM 2/1/00 +0000, Pawson, David wrote:
>Newly subscribed, I'm Dave Pawson, AC for RNIB,
>and very new to SVG, so please excuse my inexperience.
>I'm trying to convert an XML file to (amongst other media),
>a graphic format for visual presentation. The DTD is for 
>a process map, using well known flow-chart type symbols.
>I'm using the IBM SVGView v0.3c 12/08/1999.
>A need I have recognised very early on is that of wrapping
>text within a constrained area, usually a rect.
>Since I'm using XSLT to convert to SVG, I have no idea of
>the size of the text content of an element, so direct coding
>of SVG is not an option.
>1. is there any way to do this today?
>2. If not, have the group considered adding a 'constrained' 
>text element / attribute to provide this functionality?
>TIA for any help.
Received on Tuesday, 1 February 2000 18:51:12 UTC

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