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Re: Grid In 1.2?

From: Gavin Kistner <gavin@refinery.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Jul 2004 16:31:15 -0600
Message-Id: <5BC716C2-D065-11D8-B3E9-000A959CF5AC@refinery.com>
Cc: <www-svg@w3.org>
To: "Doug Schepers" <doug@schepers.cc>

On Jul 5, 2004, at 2:19 AM, Doug Schepers wrote:
> There has been much talk in the comunity about the need for some sort 
> of
> table or grid layout mechanism in SVG.

I haven't been subscribed to or following the svg-dev mailing list; are 
there a few glaring use cases crying out for it?

I personally wouldn't mind seeing this, but I haven't (in my small 
subset world) yet needed it.

Is it primarily needed for aligning tabular data?

For generating a layout which 'scales', by distributing element's 
position as a percentage of viewport width/height?

For layout out forms with labels?

I think a few strong use cases would help determine the relative need 
of this feature. (For example, looking at each use case we can see what 
the pain level is for implementing a workaround, or if none exist.)


> I've had conversations with several people about this issue, and we 
> have
> some fairly simple proposals for mechanisms. The most basic uses 
> syntax much
> like HTML tables, and even something like that, familiar to many 
> authors,
> would suffice for now. Other people suggested the Grid Bag Layout of 
> Java.

While I think the grid bag has nice functionality, I think that ease of 
adoption would make something very much like HTML table layout the most 
logical choice. (I'm probably one who suggested the grid bag at one 
point, but in retrospect it took me a while to grok it.)

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