[Dev-luatex] Possible issue with input from external libraries (page break problem?)

Hans Hagen pragma at wxs.nl
Wed Apr 14 21:46:46 CEST 2010

On 14-4-2010 8:58, Hartmut Henkel wrote:

> but it is so since ancient pdftex times (and i have also stumbled over
> it, and since then i'm wrapping \pdfrefximage in a \hbox, as you
> suggest). The \pdfrefximage doesn't do any h or v mode change, it's
> neutral. And i guess one should keep it like this to avoid
> incompatibilities.

indeed, and i can imagine the why, but i can also imagine that in luatex 
we wrap it in an hbox as we're not bound to compatibility in luatex; it 
can even be conditional: if in hmode then no wrapping, else wrap it in 
an hbox; alternatively when issues in vmode we couldl set a flag that 
indicates that in the backend the image is lapped up (tlap) so that the 
effective height in the page stream is zero (actually that would be the 
cleanest solution as something similar happens with annotations)

a comparison with specials is not right as specials are not looked at 
this way

for pdftex i can imagine that a warning is issued, something:

"injecting whatsit node with dimensions into a vertical list; this 
confuses the page builder"

or something like that

actually, it's a problem with all whatsits that cary dimensions so when 
we're further along the luatex road we can consider a special kind of 
hlist subtype for this kind of things


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