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Re: Option so line-height only affects height between lines

From: Ben Sciascia <ben.sciascia@sciascia.co.nz>
Date: Tue, 09 Dec 2014 21:10:27 +0000
Cc: Alan Stearns <stearns@adobe.com>, "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
Message-Id: <4C67AE4F-9668-41E4-BAEC-21C3350E82B3@sciascia.co.nz> (sfid-20141209_211034_004785_EAC676E2)
To: "L. David Baron" <dbaron@dbaron.org>
Thanks David,

That document has had a lot of thought and work put into it. I must admit, I’m surprised line-height doesn’t use a baseline but I guess CSS started out more markup-based than design-based (the basic building blocks of layout are still missing IMO).

I find the language of the W3C confusing and academic but I believe the 'line-box-contain’ property and the various baseline properties are exactly what I’m looking for.

Not sure how things work but is there a way to vote or ensure this work gets incorporated into the spec?



On 10/12/2014, at 6:02 am, L. David Baron <dbaron@dbaron.org> wrote:

> On Monday 2014-12-08 22:15 +0000, Alan Stearns wrote:
>> I think it might be useful to have a leading-model property that allowed 
>> you to change how line-height works. But it might also be more complicated 
>> than it’s worth. In my experience, sticking with a single leading model is 
>> the only way to reasonably lay out lines. The boundaries between leading 
>> models almost never give you the results you want.
> There have been two prior proposals for such properties sitting
> around in the drafts of the linebox/inline module:
> line-stacking-strategy (older) and my line-box-contain proposal,
> which I believe we agreed to replace it with:
> http://dev.w3.org/csswg/css-inline/#LineStacking
> (With 'line-box-contain: block', only the block's line height sets
> the line spacing.  It's a bit dangerous unless you know what's in
> the block, though.)
> -David
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