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[css-overflow] pathological fragment box generation

From: Alan Stearns <stearns@adobe.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2013 20:36:23 -0700
To: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
Message-ID: <CD8394C7.375A1%stearns@adobe.com>
I searched the issues to see if this problem had already been noted -
apologies if I missed it.

There will be some cases where overflow:fragments will generate fragment
boxes that can not fit any content fragment, and pathological cases where
box generation could enter an infinite loop, like this:

  .too-big {
    height: 100px;
  .too-small {
    height: 50px;
    overflow: fragments;
<div class="too-small">
  <div class="too-big"></div>

We will need to have a way of terminating box generation when needed. The
simplest thing would be to stop generating boxes as soon as a single box
fails to be assigned a content fragment, but there will be cases where a
single box or series of boxes fail, but boxes down the line would succeed,
such as adding this to the above:

  .too-small::nth-fragment(even) {
    height: 150px;

So it might be useful to describe a way to search through the fragment box
styling to determine whether terminating box generation is truly required.


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