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Re: LM chapter 4 inaccuracies [WAS: LM 4.2.1: standard settings oflayout

From: Trevor Daniels
Subject: Re: LM chapter 4 inaccuracies [WAS: LM 4.2.1: standard settings oflayout objects are in alphabetic order]
Date: Sun, 2 Sep 2012 19:02:25 +0100

Federico Bruni wrote Sunday, September 02, 2012 6:01 PM

> There's an inconsistency, as it's first stated that -1 causes the text 
> to be left-aligned, then that values less than -1 moves the text even 
> further to the right.

These are not inconsistent.  Remember we are moving an extended
object with respect to a fixed point.  So "left-aligned" means the 
object's left edge is aligned to the reference point, i.e. it is moved to
the right of the reference.
> I think that the latter is right and we should rephrase a sentence this way:

No, the whole paragraph looks correct to me, but I remember agonising
over it when I wrote it.  It's easier to understand when you put the
emphasis on "self", so the alignments refer to the left and right ends of
the _object_, not the field it's moving in.

If it helps have a look at the slightly different wording in the Notation
Reference, where there is an example:


So not a bug.

> Federico


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