[whatwg] Joined blocks
shannon at arc.net.au
Thu Jul 31 22:35:11 PDT 2008
I agree this is _mostly_ a CSS issue except that there is semantic
meaning to the join attribute beyond layout. The attribute could serve
as a guide to search engines, web-scrapers or WYSIWYG applications that
two areas of the page should be considered a single piece of content. I
am also unsure as to how this might affect other aspects of browser,
can't imagine. At any rate CSS cannot associate elements so the join
attribute should be considered independent of the style considerations
as a means of saying "this block follows that one". Nonetheless I will
do as you suggest.
Ian Hickson wrote:
> On Fri, 1 Aug 2008, Shannon wrote:
>> Something I think is really missing from HTML is "linked text" (in the
>> traditional desktop publishing sense), where two or more text boxes are
>> joined so that content overflows the first into the second and
>> subsequent boxes. This is a standard process for practically all
>> multi-column magazines, books and news layouts. It is especially
>> valuable for column layouts where the information is dynamic and
>> variable in length and therefore cannot be manually balanced. This is
>> not something that can be solved server-side since the actual flow is
>> dependent on user style-sheets, viewport and font-size.
> I agree that this would be a useful feature for the Web platform. However,
> I believe the CSS working group is a better venue for exploring such
> options. I recommend forwarding your proposal to www-style at w3.org.
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