[elinks-users] Questions about rendering of some web pages.

Jonas Fonseca fonseca at diku.dk
Wed May 17 06:53:42 PDT 2006

cga2000 <cga2000 at optonline.net> wrote Sat, May 13, 2006:
> Here are a couple of things that I noticed:
> 1. Text background colors are often truncated to the length of the
>    text rather than continuing to the end of the line. An example would
>    be the gentoo.org web site where the different items on the home
>    page are separated by a plum-colored line. When viewed with elinks
>    these lines are terminated immediately after the last character in
>    the heading. 
> 2. Many sites have a horizontal line of buttons somewhere near the top
>    with links to the main areas of the site. On the same www.gentoo.org
>    home page this is rendered correctly (About | Projects | Docs ..  etc.)
>    On the contrary at www.debian.org the links do not appear lined
>    horizontally but rather as a vertical list to the left of the
>    display:
>    * About Debian
>    * News
>    * Getting Debian
>    * Support
>    * .. 
>    Worse, some sites - can't find one right now - have such a long list
>    of links in that horizontal "site bar" that when displayed
>    vertically you end up having to page down to actually see the
>    beginning of the page.
> I was wondering if everyone sees the same thing and if not if there is
> anything I should change in my terminal/elinks configuration that might
> help correct these issues?

The problem is that ELinks' renderer does not support the CSS box model
and thus falls short on pages that make heavy use of it. No
configuration option can fix this. The renderer has to be rewritten to
be based on DOM. Some work has been done but there is a very very long
way to go.

Jonas Fonseca

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