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RE: Predictability of rendering regions on the page

From: G. Ken Holman <gkholman@CraneSoftwrights.com>
Date: Fri, 03 Jun 2005 22:32:12 -0400
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To: "XSL Editors" <xsl-editors@w3.org>, "XSL-FO W3C" <www-xsl-fo@w3.org>, XSL-FO-Yahoo List <XSL-FO@YahooGroups.com>

At 2005-06-03 16:16 -0400, Paul Grosso wrote:
> > From: xsl-editors-request@w3.org On Behalf Of G. Ken Holman
> > Sent: Friday, 03 June, 2005 9:17
> > To: XSL Editors; XSL-FO W3C; XSL-FO-Yahoo List
> > Subject: Predictability of rendering regions on the page
> > ...
> > Does XSL-FO 1.0 dictate that the perimeter regions are
> > rendered before the body region?
>
>No.
>
> >
> > Does XSL-FO 1.0 dictate that the static content is rendered
> > before the flowed content?
>
>No.

Drat!  This is quite necessary for what I need to accomplish.

> > I cannot, however, find any predictability in the XSL-FO 1.0
> > specification
> > ... perhaps I just cannot find it ... if it isn't there, can
> > the XSL-FO 1.1 specification dictate this?
>
>I don't think it should.  That is getting to close to
>specifying a processing model.

Good point, I can see that to be true.

>XSL-FO tries to avoid
>that and instead specifies constraints that should hold
>for the composed result.

Yes, of course ... I just had not considered ordering to be related to 
processing.

>I'd think a better way to accomplish this would be to
>use the z-index property, but I note z-index is not
>applicable to region-*.

Indeed.

>So your request should be for the XSL FO SG to consider
>adding z-index to the list of properties applicable to
>the region-* FOs in XSL 1.1.  [I have no idea what the
>SG members will think of this.]

I hope the SG members do consider this worthwhile as it would bring 
predictability to my real-world requirement of overlapping regions.

Having included XSL Editors on this list, I hope this note is sufficient to 
the task of requesting such a feature.

>paul
>(just speaking for myself)

Thank you, Paul, for your opinion and for bringing light to an aspect of my 
request of which I was unaware.

. . . . . . . . . . Ken

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