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Subject: FO: position absolute
From: Bovone Stefano <Stefano.Bovone@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 1999 10:13:44 +0200
fo position
Reading the WD of April :

5.2.1 position


absolute: the box position (and possibly size) is specified with the "left",
"right", "top", and "bottom" properties. These properties specify offsets
with respect to the box's containing block. Absolutely positioned boxes are
taken out of the normal flow ............. Description

Reference to CSS2: position property

My questions are:

How can I think to compare the position property of the XSL (paginated
layout) with the same one of the CSS (unpaginated layout) ?

Could I define some thing like so:

<fo:block position="absolute" top="40 cm" left="5 cm">



If yes, I'm positiong something in absolute manner in the second page (for
me a page now is 27 cm heigth and 21cm large). Is this possible ?
If the replay is yes, I'm happy, if no I couldn't understand how this
property works.

Another thing: why I can't define the dimension of a block ? I can do this
with CSS. I think is a usefull feature. For me and my goals is absolutely
necessary (and I think not only for me).

For now It's enough. The doubts are severals.

I hope that at least all the feature of the CSS must be supported by XSL.
And I think that if we want a 'language' that really can express how to
render a document, several changes and new features have to append to the
actual WD.



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