Re: Award for most unreadable pages: Businessweek!

David Perrell (
Fri, 29 Aug 1997 14:34:03 -0700

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From: "David Perrell" <>
To: "Rob" <>
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Date: Fri, 29 Aug 1997 14:34:03 -0700
Subject: Re: Award for most unreadable pages: Businessweek!

Rob <> wrote:
> If the style sheet sets the line-height, that could explain it's
> unreadabiliy on IE3, which handles it buggily. Try Netscape or IE4
> or disable style sheets.

IE3.02 Win displays the Businessweek page just fine. It looks as though
IE3 Mac assumes that a line-height of 1.1 means "1.1 pixels". N4
doesn't seem to understand 1.1, but it doesn't make destructive

IE 3.n also assumes pixel measurements when ems are specified.

> Which is a caveat about CSS and any new technology on the web: if you

> do something 'the right way' it may end up being worse than not using

> it.

Assuming pixels for unsupported measurement units may be IE3's most
serious failing, as Walter's bitmap sample shows. In hindsight, it
would have been better for authors if browsers had not supported
external stylesheets until their CSS1 rendering was at least accurate
if not complete. As things are now, scripting is required if you really
want multi-browser CSS1 compatibility, since both IE3 and N4 can render
valid CSS1 as a completely illegible document.

David Perrell