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[css3-regions] writing mode and directionality for flows

From: David Hyatt <hyatt@apple.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2011 11:25:00 -0500
Message-id: <A5EF47D5-FD48-4754-AA74-29B51A833E74@apple.com>
To: "www-style@w3.org CSS" <www-style@w3.org>
What are the initial writing mode and directionality of flows? Can individual regions specify different writing-modes and directionality, thus causing how you paginate to vary from region to region in the same flow? I'm really hoping the answer is "No", and that - as with printing and multi-column elements - there is a single master writing mode and directionality that determines all of the pagination.

My suggestion would be to use the writing-mode and directionality of the first region to establish the pagination direction and to just ignore the writing-mode/directionality set on subsequent regions. Another idea would be to simply use the ICB's writing-mode and direction.

I'm prepared to be disappointed though as others tell me that the direction of pagination should be allowed to completely change from region to region. :(

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