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RE: using absolute positioning

From: Cheryl D. Wise <cdwise@wiserways.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2004 10:56:19 -0600
Message-Id: <200401121658.i0CGwam07678@proradius03>
To: "'Julia Collins'" <julia@we3.co.uk>, "'WAI Interest Group'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

You don't have to use px for measurements when you use absolute positioning.
You can use ems. It is a bit tricker since there isn't a one to one
correlation between an em and a character at any given font.

Cheryl D. Wise
Certified Professional Web Developer
mailto: cdwise@wiserways.com
713.353.0139 Office

-----Original Message-----
From: Julia Collins

Also, absolute positioning, with some layouts, can make text resizing very
difficult - your text when at 200%, (say) may not be visible if you have
(say) an absolutely positioned div beneath its container div. (which looked
lovely when text was at 100%.)

In user testing, I have found that some screen readers when used in certain
modes will automatically make the text larger and then won't read anything
that is obscured on the screen.....

By using divs with margin-left and margin-right with percentage values, you
can still have a proportionately "correct" layout that is fluid in relation
to the size of the output media.

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