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Re: Towards resolution of SVG 1.2 Flowing text

From: Peter Sorotokin <psorotok@adobe.com>
Date: Tue, 02 Nov 2004 15:05:22 -0800
To: "Robert O'Callahan" <robert@ocallahan.org>
Cc: Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org>, www-svg@w3.org
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At 03:58 PM 11/2/2004 -0500, Robert O'Callahan wrote:
>Peter Sorotokin wrote:
>>flowDiv can only be used on the top level (and there can be only a single 
>>flowDiv per set of regions) and flowPara can only be used inside of the 
>>flowDiv. flowDiv effectively switches from graphics layout to text layout 
>>(similarly to svg:text element), flowPara acts more like a tspan. They 
>>are quite different elements.
>Why not allow nested flowDivs to be consistent with HTML and avoid the 
>need for flowPara?

flowDiv is more like html:body than html:div. It is an element that hosts 
the flow, not a block-level element. Top-level flow elements (html:body, 
svg:text, fo:flow) are normally not allowed to nest like that. It is also 
quite different from flowPara from the implementation point of view.

Maybe it should be renamed into flowBody.


>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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