Rendering text, how hard could it be? As it turns out, incredibly hard! To my knowledge, literally no system renders text "perfectly". It's all best-effort, although some efforts are more important than others.
Text Rendering Hates You
I don't know if I'm glad or sad I didn't read this article before rendering HTML into different formats.
On the one hand,
it might have completely discouraged me from even starting.
On the other hand,
I don't use the full span of Unicode characters in my blog posts
(which I'm very thankful for, after doing all this work).
But on the gripping hand,
Lynx was doing a horrible job at formatting HTML into text,
and what I have now is much better looking.
So let's see … we now have three hard things in Computer Science:
- cache invalidation;
- naming things;
- text rendering;
- and “off-by-one” errors.
that seems about right.
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