[css-text] Re: Follow-up on Balance Text Proposal

This is a common layout design pattern. 

inDesign has a paragraph style option called “Balance Ragged Lines” that performs this exact feature.

There are cases where you wouldn’t use it, and there are cases where you would use this.  

A good intro on where you would/wouldn’t use each:  http://indesignsecrets.com/when-to-use-balance-ragged-lines.php

Bobby Mozumder
FutureClaw Magazine

On Oct 12, 2014, at 12:17 PM, Zack Weinberg <zackw@panix.com> wrote:

> I'm concerned that this proposal codifies behavior at too low a level,
> making it difficult to do better in the future.  Specifically, because
> 'text-wrap: balance' is defined in terms of a concrete algorithm, it
> could wind up forcing browsers to implement that exact algorithm for
> 'text-wrap: balance', and, worse, forcing browsers to continue using
> first-fit for 'text-wrap: normal' permanently.
> 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*?
> zw

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