Re: absolute position fo:block to attain magazine like
1. Position your main block absolutely as a block-container. Set the z-index to a large number to ensure it's positioned on top.
Ah--I was thinking of the case where this absolute area would contain a graphic--for example, a common magazine design is to have an intro graphic that straddles two columns at the top of the columns. Thus, my desire to fiddle z-index for this area.
2. In the start-side column, use an edge-ward side float whose extent will equal that part of the absolute block that would impinge on the column.
Yes, this approach requires that you know where the columns start--that is, it will work for a first-page treatment, but not for a subsequent page where the block is in the middle of the column--in that case, you are 100% correct, this can't be done without additional FO functionality to do synchronization. (Although maybe you could do something with a block container in the flow--hmm. I'll have to try this now.)
E. -- W. Eliot Kimber, eliot@xxxxxxxxxx Consultant, ISOGEN International
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