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Re: Pixel-based display functions

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Pixel-based display functions
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:29:10 +0200

> From: Stefan Monnier <address@hidden>
> Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:20:44 -0500
> Cc: address@hidden
> Of course, the current display engine can't support filling text in
> multiple columns currently, and extending it in this direction seems far
> from trivial.
> But I'm not sure how important this is at this stage.

It's important.  I get quite a few HTML emails that use 2 and
sometimes even 3 columns (and shr lays them out beautifully with
fixed-pitch fonts, thank you very much).

> OTOH, it'd be good to provide better support (in the redisplay code) for
> column display as used in things like tabulated-list-mode
> (e.g. truncating the text of one column when it would overflow into the
> next, for example, or providing right alignment of text in a column).

I agree.  We just need a volunteer.

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