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Re: text-oveflow for _multiline_ texts

From: Brad Kemper <brad.kemper@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2012 10:54:32 -0800
Message-Id: <3B9BA97E-BA6D-4987-BC1A-3944F8BFB5F3@gmail.com>
Cc: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
To: "Marat Tanalin | tanalin.com" <mtanalin@yandex.ru>
On Jan 15, 2012, at 6:54 AM, Marat Tanalin | tanalin.com <mtanalin@yandex.ru> wrote:

> Hello. It would be nice to be able to use text-overflow property for _multiline_ (and _multiword_) texts sothat _last_ visible line of text would be clipped same way as it currently happens with single-line texts.
> This could be done by specifying maximum number of _lines_ to display (in addition to text-overflow type like 'ellipsis') _without_ making text unwrappable with {white-space: nowrap}:
> Possible syntax:
>    /* 'ln' unit means 'line' */
>    DIV {text-overflow: 3ln ellipsis; }
> This could be splitted/expanded to following subproperties:
>    DIV {
>        text-overflow-limit: 3ln;
>        text-overflow-style: ellipsis;
>    }

It seems odd to me to have the text clipping done by something other than an edge of the content box. If you have a measure for number of lines (3ln, above), then why not use that for box height (height: 3ln;)? Then you could have something like 'text-overflow-lines: single | multi', and use it in a shorthand that defaults to 'single'. A new unit based on the height of line-boxes is not strictly necessary for this, and is really a separate issue. Until then, this would suffice to accomplish your main goal, I think: 

   line-height: 1.5em;
   height: 4.5em;
   overflow: clip;
   text-overflow: ellipsis multi; 
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