Re: Is this an MSIE bug?

Matt Heffron (
Thu, 31 Oct 1996 16:13:51 -0800

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Subject: Re: Is this an MSIE bug? 
In-Reply-To: Your message of "31 Oct 1996 23:49:44 GMT."
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 1996 16:13:51 -0800
From: Matt Heffron <>

>   .Normal { text-align: left; font-family: "Times New Roman"; font-size:
>   12pt; }
>a. is there _really_ a period before the "Normal" ?
>b. did that 12pt get folded by the email or is that how you have it in
>   the file?
>   The text in the above example ends up in 12pt TNR.  Shouldn't the <FONT>
>   tag override the values set by the CLASS attribute.
>I don't think HTML or CSS1 specifies behaviour at this level, it's up
>to the browser to decide what they want to implement. My guess would
>be that specific markup in the document should override general styles
>in the header.

At the Microsoft Site Builder Conference presentation on Style Sheets
(on Tuesday) it was stated that style sheets SUPERCEDE <FONT> tag markup
so that FONT tags can be used as a "fall back" for viewing documents on 
browsers that don't support style sheets (just at <EMBED> or "vanilla HTML" 
can be used in <OBJECT> as a fall-back for non-OBJECT browsers).

>   <P STYLE="text-align: left; font-family: \"Times New Roman\"; font-size:
>   12pt;">
>Except that it's now invalid HTML. Won't MSIE accept single-quotes
>around the font name? Or better, use single quotes round the whole
>STYLE value and then you can take away the escapes.

They also claimed to have cleaned-up the quoting issues (I think in MSIE 3.01)
so that quotes aren't required on the font name unless it includes a ';' in 
the name.

Matt Heffron            
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