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Re: text wrap

From: Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2000 15:36:38 +0100
Message-ID: <38A812F6.9CB9075C@w3.org>
To: "Pawson, David" <DPawson@rnib.org.uk>
CC: "'www-svg@w3.org'" <www-svg@w3.org>

"Pawson, David" wrote:
>  Chris Lilley  wrote:
> >> >One reason
> >> >is that XHTML/CSS/XSL do word wrap
> >> <snip/>
> >CSS1 and CSS2 and XSL all use a nested box, flow layout model.
> My only issue here is that I can't... sorry I don't think I can,
> use CSS with the available SVG viewers today.

Well you are using CSS, but not using the default nested box, flow layout
model for rendering what CSS produces. Instead you are using the SVG
rendering. But you are, at present, using the CSS selectors and cascading
of UA, author and reader stylesheets, etc.

The problem is that there is not a standardised way yet to switch renderer
on an element by element basis. So all text-oriented (eg, HTML browser)
implementations of XML plus CSS use the NBFL rendering model and all
graphics-oriented (SVG viewer) implementations of SVG plus CSS use the SVG
rendering model. 

> (I am seeking visual output, since I now have html, braille versions)

You want graphical visual output of the SVG graphics, and you want some
other textual information displayed  as flowed text, is that it?

What is needed is a viewer that has both NBFL and SVG models, and can nest
them; plus the new property that allows the stylesheet author to switch
between these two renderers. That could be implemented either by adding a
NBFL renderer to an SVG viewer, or adding an SVG renderer to an XML

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