Re: FONT tag

lilley (
Tue, 19 Mar 1996 00:11:33 +0000 (GMT)

From: lilley <>
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Subject: Re: FONT tag
To: (Dan Delaney)
Date: Tue, 19 Mar 1996 00:11:33 +0000 (GMT)
In-Reply-To: <> from "Dan Delaney" at Mar 18, 96 10:00:25 am

Dan Delaney writes:
> Alright. I have read from many people that the HTML 3.0 draft is not 
> accurate.

It has expired, if that is what you mean.

> So there are a few tags I would like to know about. I want to 
> know if these tags are generally going to be supported by the majority of 
> browsers:

Hey, so would we all.
>  1) <FONT SIZE=+x> blah blah blah </FONT>
>     (Mosaic still doesn't recognize this)

So? Point to a proposal for this tag.
>     (Mosaic ignores the size of the border you specify. If you put 0 they 
>      put a border anyway!)

This got added to the tables spec [1] only recently. It used to be that 
border was a switch.

  <table > etc </table>         gives a table with no border
  <table border> etc </table>   gives a table with a border
Now the spec has added numerical values for border, building on implementation 
experience from Netscape. NCSA Mosaic does not yet fully implement this latest 
spec. Neither does Netscape, to be fair.

>  3) <IMG ... BORDER=0>
>     (Mosaic still ignores the border specification for an image when it 
>      is used as a link.

Again, point to a proposal for controlling the rendering of image links 
in this way.

> My organization (a university) doesn't want to have their web pages 
> readable only on Netscape. But, these basic tag extensions are very 
> useful for making the pages look good.

Well, using <table> rather than <table border="0"> will work with NCSA Mosaic 
- the X version 2.7b2, anyway - and Netscape, and Arena, (which was the first
browser to implement tables) and MS IE. Using border=0 on image links will 
likely be transparently ignored by browsers that don't understand it.

You just have to think ahead and be careful, and not rely on a particular 
style of presentation.

Chris Lilley, Technical Author and JISC representative to W3C 
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