On Oct 2, 2007, at 12:27, Chris Bowditch wrote:

Andreas L Delmelle wrote:<snip/> Hi Andreas,That is not DISagreeing with me, I think (almost on the contrary).I did not mean total-fit in the sense of the implementation ofthe algorithm, but total-fit as to the end-result: as such, atotal-fit result may precisely require a breaking-up into manysmaller best- fits. A total-fit result may just be much moredifficult to accomplish with a total-fit algorithm, than by asuccession of best- fit loops, interrupted and resumed at regularintervals.Hmm. I tend to agree with Simon's perspective here. The terms"total-fit" and "best-fit" refer to the implementation of thealgorithms. Surely the end result of the total-fit algorithm is thesame thing as the algorithm itself? The user expectation of total-fit may well be what you describe, but I'm not sure how it could beachieved using the algorithms themselves.

*sigh* Reminds me how much I hate quibbling over semantics...

`In any case: if the page-sequence is portrait-landscape-portrait-`

`etc., and FOP breaks all lines as if it is a whole sequence of`

`portrait-pages, then I would call that "no-fit" or "first-page-only-`

`fit"... :-)`

`If this can only be resolved by providing the "total-fit" algorithm`

`*all* possible pages in advance, then /that/ is what needs to happen.`

`I understand Simon perfectly when he states that "total-fit has no`

`point where you can interfere"... Well then, give it all the relevant`

`info, then send it on its way, no? Using only the IPD of the first`

`page is simply Wrong in many use-cases.`

`Also, my expression of "multiple best-fits" should actually be`

`"multiple total-fits".`

`As in: There will always be some sort of threshold, like a certain`

`amount of content that can be fit onto, say, the first three pages.`

`Once this threshold is known, running a total-fit algorithm over the`

`elements up to that point, and continuing from the next should lead`

`to *exactly* the same result as a global (uninterrupted) total-fit.`

Just a thought Cheers Andreas