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

cga2000 cga2000 at optonline.net
Wed May 17 15:24:56 PDT 2006


On Wed, May 17, 2006 at 09:53:42AM EDT, Jonas Fonseca wrote:
> 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.
> 
Pity.. But thanks for the explanation. I'm sure this will do lots of
other useful things I have no idea of but just this enhancement makes
it well worth waiting for these changes.

Thanks,

cga



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