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Re: [csswg-drafts] [css-inline] Is initial-letter in-flow or out-of-flow?

From: astearns via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 15:41:03 +0000
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If the initial letter is in-flow is the layout in figure 15 possible? 
I thought that affecting the line boxes of a subsequent paragraph was 
part of the motivation for defining an initial letter as out of flow.

On the background question, I think in some cases you'd want the 
background color of the paragraph to be applied to the initial letter,
 and in other cases you would not. I expect this could be handled 
whether or not the initial letter is in-flow by setting the background
 color of the initial letter to match or diverge.

I've been using the concept of a "first in-flow line box" in line 
metrics discussions to define the first baseline of a paragraph - 
which is meant to exclude baselines from floats and initial letters. 
If we change initial letters to be in-flow, I'll have to come up with 
a different way to refer to that line box (which isn't an argument for
 or against making the change to initial letter, just noting more to 
do if we make the change).

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