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Re: fringe bugs and issues (and a couple display margin bugs)

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: fringe bugs and issues (and a couple display margin bugs)
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 16:14:46 +0200

On 23 Jan 2002, Alveola Petrofsky wrote:

> > > We don't know what will most commonly be put in display margins,
> > > but we do know that fringes' primary purpose is to display marks
> > > indicating continuation and truncation of body text, not of
> > > marginal text.  They have nothing to do with margin text.  How
> > > could it be more natural to put them on the outside of the margins
> > > rather than at the point of truncation?
> Isn't that precisely "general considerations that would point to this
> direction without any particular examples"?

Not in my opinion.

For starters, the assumption that the fringes are used for truncation and 
continuation is not true, even today.  It's used for the overlay arrow 
and for empty line indicator.

In general, it's not yet clear what the usage of each of these two areas 
will be.  But we can imagine that the fringes will probably never display 
text, only bitmaps, while the margins can be used for either text or images.

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