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From "J.Pietschmann" <j3322...@yahoo.de>
Subject Re: Misaligned text columns
Date Thu, 12 Feb 2004 00:14:32 GMT
FBartlet@wiley.com wrote:
> I'm trying to set a document in two columns using fop (0.20.5).
> Unfortunately, when the two columns do not have exactly the same amount of
> material, the baselines of the first lines of the two columns do not align.
> They can be as much as 1.5 lines off.
> fop does not seem to have implemented .minimum and .maximum (or
> .conditionality or .precedence) in space-before and space-after, so the
> vertical spaces in the columns are constant rather than mutable. This seems
> to be at least part of the problem; leastwise, mucking about with 'stretch'
> and 'shrink' values doesn't seem to help..

However, I wonder why you get the effect. There is a bug which
prevents FOP from discarding display space at the edge of a
reference area, i.e. at the column top, however, unless the
new column also starts a new block with some non-zero space-before,
the text should be aligned.

BTW the spec is rather hazy about alignment in multi-column
layout. There are alignment options for lists and tables, but
I don't remember there was much said about aligning the first
lines of neighboring columns. Aligning the last lines would be
great too. There are, however, more pressing issues with the code.


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