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Re: [css-regions] Named Flows, Elements and Box Generation

From: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:31:27 -0700
Message-ID: <CAAWBYDAi46sK=Yf9yqzDAmhe2+YVohDGwpsgMC=vREUQd_3ASQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Håkon Wium Lie <howcome@opera.com>
Cc: François REMY <francois.remy.dev@outlook.com>, Alan Stearns <stearns@adobe.com>, Johannes Wilm <johannes@fiduswriter.org>, www-style list <www-style@w3.org>
On Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 3:23 PM, Håkon Wium Lie <howcome@opera.com> wrote:
> Also sprach Tab Atkins Jr.:
>
>  > I recommend reading the Extensible Web Manifesto
>  > <http://extensiblewebmanifesto.org/>, which I and a lot of other spec
>  > authors and major library developers signed.  It says precisely what I
>  > just did - the correct way to design the web platform, established
>  > through years of experience, is to figure out the low-level primitives
>  > and expose those, then additionally offer high-level sugar that
>  > composes those primitives automatically for you to solve common
>  > problems.
>
> On the ladder of abstraction for document design, regions and flows
> are fairly abstract concepts that depend on lower-level stuff like
> fitting content on a line. If you truly want the low-level stuff, a
> better target is TeX's assembly-language-for-documents-like features.
>
> I grew up with FrameMaker which basically was a software package for
> Regions. I was always envious of the low-level stuff that the TeX guys
> could do.

There are multiple levels of abstraction that one can target.  The
fact that it's possible to go lower doesn't mean that it's not
reasonable to expose something at a given level.

~TJ
Received on Monday, 28 October 2013 22:32:14 UTC

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