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[css-text] 'text-indent' comments

From: Kang-Hao (Kenny) Lu <kanghaol@opera.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:35:32 +0800
Message-ID: <52805E94.4060801@opera.com>
To: WWW Style <www-style@w3.org>
I think the keyword value 'each-line' is misleading but I agree
'after-break' as proposed by HÃ¥kon[1] is not converying the right
intent either. What about 'each-paragraph'?

Fundamentally, I am not sure what use case this value is trying to
solve, and why isn't it solved by 'padding'. I treat it as a fix for
this case

    <p>Some pargraph...</p>
    This is a new paragraph but it don't get 'text-indent' without
    this new value.

, which is somewhat mysterious because before I read the spec and
tested it, I supposed the anoymous block would inherit 'text-indent'
from <div> per CSS2.1 but it does not...

(The rest is probably editorial but let's give the spec some
theoritcal rigor :)

  # The indent is treated as a margin applied to the start edge of
  # the line box.

This is somewhat ambiguous because it's not clear if the width of
the line box is calculated as either

  * A block-level box, where margin decreases the width.
  * A inine box, where the width is a constant.

We obviously want the first and not "shifted line box", and this
should be clarified.

I also think it would nice to specify that the 'width' of a line box
is determined by:

  * First, lay out floats and do the line box shortening.
  * Second, apply 'text-indent' for further shortening.
  * Thrid, push line box down and jump to first if no content.

Or otherwise, any ordering of the above seems to be allowed by the
current specs.

I haven't observed any incompability on this but I haven't tested IE and

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/2011May/0721

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