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Re: SVG 1.2 Comment: 4 Flowing text and graphics

From: Peter Sorotokin <psorotok@adobe.com>
Date: Mon, 01 Nov 2004 14:24:33 -0800
To: "Robert O'Callahan" <robert@ocallahan.org>, www-svg@w3.org
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At 04:39 PM 11/1/2004 -0500, Robert O'Callahan wrote:

>>Again, the only overlap that I see here is line breaking (which even for 
>>rectangular shapes is not fully specified in CSS: not where you can 
>>break, nor how you determine when exactly to break - and given resistance 
>>from existing implementations - that part of CSS is unlikely to ever be 
>>fully specified IMHO).
>>Moreover, SVG WG specifically defined line breaking in such a way that it 
>>is compatible with CSS and a single engine can be used to do line 
>>breaking for both specs
>You seem to be arguing that CSS engines both *can* and *cannot* use the 
>same line breaking code for SVG and CSS.

What I say is that there are differences and SVG rules are stricter and CSS 
rules allow for more advanced features (such as authomatic hyphenation), 
but that a single engine can do both.

>Anyway, I assure you that changing line breaking behaviour within 
>reasonable limits is not a problem for Mozilla; we've done it before and 
>we'll do it again. It doesn't appear to be something that Web authors make 
>strong assumptions about. We'd be happy to accomodate SVG in this area.


>Though for the sake of future enhancements (hyphenation, etc) it would 
>help if there was a standard way to decide where exact SVG rules were 
>required, via a style property or some rule about SVG documents.

In the SVG 1.2 draft it is very clear when to follow SVG rules.


>Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
>"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word
>was God. ... The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We
>have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the
>Father, full of grace and truth." 1 John 1:1,14
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