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General Text Metrics Requirement

From: Allen Razdow <arazdow@mathsoft.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 08:51:25 -0500
Message-ID: <8D1EA20CE6AB1043956A27D60E468F1C0115AB7C@distrib.mathsoft.com>
To: "'www-svg@w3.org'" <www-svg@w3.org>

SVG List,

I haven't followed all details of the recently
accelerated discussions, but would like to state
a simple requirement I hope SVG will support:

The ability to obtain metrics on a text string,
in prevailing units such as pixels or points or picas,
before rendering it.  Length, maximum ascent/descent would
do, and length of a substring. 

For example, rendering a mathematical fraction properly
(without MathML) would requre such.  

It was my understanding that SVG 1.0 did not allow this easily,
requiring escape into script+DOM to obtain these metrics. 

-Allen Razdow
Received on Wednesday, 13 November 2002 08:52:57 UTC

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