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Re: Fwd: Two questions on flowed text in 1.2

From: bulia byak <buliabyak@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Apr 2005 16:23:22 -0300
Message-ID: <3c78ff0305041712231d2b8602@mail.gmail.com>
To: Thomas DeWeese <Thomas.DeWeese@kodak.com>
Cc: Jon Ferraiolo <jon.ferraiolo@adobe.com>, Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org>, www-svg@w3.org

Thomas,

>     A feature that would be of great interest in _many_ use cases for
> flowed text in SVG would be to allow a range of font-sizes that the
> text could use.  An implementation would start with the largest
> font-size if the text fit all is well and good.  If the text doesn't
> fit it adjusts the font-size down until it does or it hits a user
> defined min font-size.  You could even leave font-size alone and
> just add a "min-font-size" property that would default to
> 'current-font-size' - which would effectively inhibit this behavior
> but using something like: 'font-size="24" min-font-size="12"' would
> allow for the text to vary from 12 to 24 such that it fits the
> region.

Hmm, actually changing font size is not the most common strategy when
fitting text into a box. Usually, at first one tries to achieve that
by changing letterspacing and/or word spacing, then by line spacing,
sometimes even by squeezing the font horizontally. Changing the font
size is usually one of the last resorts, only if the space deficit is
large enough. So, if such a feature is indeed added, I think it might
be as simple as an attribute which _requires_ that the given text fits
the given container. The specific way(s) of satisfying this
requirement may be left to the discretion of the SVG renderer.

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