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RE: inter-area text-flow

From: Mjumbe Ukweli <mjumbewu@hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2001 17:12:42 -0500
To: www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <F10660LUDA1XiHY5FbE0000631c@hotmail.com>
>From: Dave  J Woolley <david.woolley@bts.co.uk>
>[DJW:]  You are going to need to define overflow and
>underflow rules.  What happens if the user likes a smaller
>font than the one for which you designed (can save on paper
>when printing)?  What happens if the user has poor eyesight
>and chooses a larger font?  If you are not prepared to accept
>alternative font metrics, you are using the wrong tool in HTML.

[mwu-> overflow and underflow rules could feasably remain the same as they 
are now;  if the overflow is clipped, then the overflow is clipped.  it's 
really no different than elements only being able to occupy one box, except 
that elements could occupy more.  what happens now if a designer sets the 
size of a box to a certain size, but the user is using a smaller or larger 
font?  the box will either resize itself or the content will be clipped.  if 
designers want accessibility and fluid design then they should use relative 
values for their box positions and sizes instead of absolute.  i can't see 
any incompatibility issues between a multiple-box model and alternative font 
metrics. do you by chance have any examples? <-mwu]

>You also need to consider backward compatibility ...

[mwu-> point well taken, though i'm not sure how to address this one. <-mwu]

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