Re: Follow-up on Balance Text Proposal

On Sun, Oct 12, 2014 at 12:27 PM, Tab Atkins Jr. <> wrote:
> On Sun, Oct 12, 2014 at 9:17 AM, Zack Weinberg <> wrote:
>> I'm also concerned that this is a "yes, fix this bug" switch.  Under
>> what circumstances would one NOT want a headline, a section heading,
>> or indeed an entire paragraph to be wrapped such that all lines are of
>> similar length?  Wouldn't it be better to encourage browsers to
>> implement better algorithms *which are on by default*?
> When you have a huge page of text which wasn't intended to be
> displayed as a web page, but nonetheless is being viewed.  Don't wanna
> crash your browser trying to optimally balance a 10k line "paragraph"
> of JSON.

All the optimal-balancing algorithms I know about are resilient in the
presence of a "this paragraph is too large, split it arbitrarily into
reasonably-sized chunks" heuristic.

(One of these years I'll get around to implementing Knuth-Plass
linebreaking in Servo to see how it goes.)


Received on Sunday, 12 October 2014 17:54:42 UTC