# Re: The space resolution examples

```On 30.09.2005 08:50:22 Simon Pepping wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I have a problem with a number of examples on the Wike space
> resolution examples page. I wonder if I have a major misunderstanding.```
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And I wonder if I ever switched on my brain while writing those examples.
I made a number of mistakes like applying the is-first/is-last rule
defined only for border and padding to spaces, too. I clarified this on
the Wiki.

> In general, I have a different idea about the retain
> condition. Retained spaces do not appear between areas returned by the
> FO; all spaces appear before or after all areas returned by the
> FO. This is different from retained padding and borders.

That's the part where I think you are wrong. 4.2.3 and 7.10.5 make it
clear IMO that space-before|-after are applied to every area generated
by an FO. The following sentence is the key: "Specifies the value of the
space-specifier for the space before the areas generated by this
formatting object." (Notice the "areas"!)

> * Example 0
>
> IMHO it should be: Here we look at the case where a break
> happens before "before break".

Doesn't matter IMO. It's the same outcome in both cases.

> * Example 1
>
> IMHO it should be: The break after "first line" does not
> produce a 10pt space because the space is conditional.
>
> and my element list is (case 'All spaces are conditional'):
>
> box w=lh for "first line"
>
> penalty w=0 p=0 for the break possibility after "first line"
>
> glue w=10pt for the space in case there is no break
>
> box w=lh for "before break"
>
> penalty w=0 p=0 for the break possibility after "before break"
>
> box w=lh for "after break"

Agreed.

> * Example 2
>
> My element list is (case 'Only the first space is conditional'):
>
> box w=lh for first block
>
> penalty w=0 p=0 for the break possibility
>
> box w=0
> penalty p=INF
> aux glue w=10pt for space-before
>
> box w=lh for "before break"
>
> penalty w=0 p=0 for the break possibility after "before break"
>
> box w=lh for "after break"

Here we obviously disagree, but I had to fix the element list. It was
wrong.

> * Example 3
>
> Break between the blocks:
>
> Both space specifiers are conditional, and are suppressed due to rule
> 1 in 4.3.1.
>
> My element list is (case 'All spaces are conditional'):
>
> box w=lh for first block
>
> penalty w=0 p=0 for the break possibility
>
> glue w=10pt y=0 z=0
>
> box w=lh for second block

Agreed.

> * Example 4
>
> Break between the blocks:
>
> The first space specifier is retained, the second is conditional, and
> is suppressed.
>
> My element list is (case 'Only the second space is conditional'):
>
> box w=lh for first block
>
> glue w=10pt y=0 z=0
>
> penalty w=0 p=0 for the break possibility
>
> box w=lh for second block

Agreed.

> * Example 5
>
> Break between the blocks:
>
> Both space specifiers are retained.
>
> That means that with a break we have more space than without a break,
> and we need a negative glue (glue #2) to compensate this.
>
> My element list is (the full case glue #1 - penalty - glue #2 - box -
> PENALTY - glue #3):
>
> box w=lh for first block
>
> glue w=10pt y=0 z=0
>
> penalty w=0 p=0 for the break possibility
>
> glue w=-10pt y=0 z=0
>
> box w=0
> penalty w=0 p=INF
> glue w=10pt y=0 z=0
>
> box w=lh for second block

Agreed.

> * Example 8
>
> The space-before of the block with "second line" is conditional, and
> therefore is suppressed.
>
> My element list is (case 'All spaces are conditional'):
>
> box w=lh for first line
>
> aux glue w=6pt y=0 z=0
>
> box w=lh for second line

Agreed.

In example 9 the reasoning was wrong.

Thanks a lot, Simon, for going through all this!

Jeremias Maerki

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