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Re: Possible Fix For Positioning?

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Sun, 3 Apr 2005 13:59:04 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200504031259.j33Cx4X00850@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: www-svg@w3.org

> Is this correct? On the face of it, this kind of positioning is, I
> think, fairly desirable (this kind of text wrapping is already
> possible in word processing and DTP packages).

There are some key differences between CSS and these environments:

- firstly, in those environments, particularly DTP, the layout can be
  computed over the whole document, whereas incremental rendering with
  a minimum of re-rendering is desirable for internet access;

- secondly, even though word processed documents may be theoretically 
  reflowable, in practice, most authors design for a particular physical
  layout - HTML should not be used like that - you should not rely on 
  font sizes, viewport sizes, etc.

With respect to the latter, a better approach is to use a more final form
format, such as PDF or SVG, and keep the styling information local to the
authoring tool.
Received on Sunday, 3 April 2005 12:59:08 UTC

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