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Re: Pixel-based display functions

From: Lars Ingebrigtsen
Subject: Re: Pixel-based display functions
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:00:46 +1100
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Stefan Monnier <address@hidden> writes:

>> 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).
> Right, and I think we can keep living with fixed-pitch fonts for such
> HTML pages.  I do want variable-pitched fonts when I browse the manual,
> but this one does not require multiple filled columns.


However, having the three functions I described (that work "fast
enough"; I've already written versions of them that aren't fast enough)
is necessary for multi-column layout.  And in addition, it would also
fix the "variable pitch in the manual" problem.

So two birds with one mechanism, instead of having to invent one
mechanism for single-column layouts, and then use a totally different
one for multi-column layouts.

(And in a web context, mixing the two mechanisms sounds somewhat
awkward.  And *a lot* of web pages use multi-column layouts.)

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