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Re: CSS and Eccentric Poems.

From: Bert Bos <Bert.Bos@sophia.inria.fr>
Date: Wed, 3 Jul 1996 19:27:57 +0200 (MET DST)
Message-Id: <199607031727.TAA06821@mygale.inria.fr>
To: dseibert@sqwest.bc.ca (David Seibert)
Cc: www-style@w3.org
David Seibert writes:
 > > Bert Bos wrote:
 > > 
 > > Here are two alternative ways of expressing the layout of the same
 > > poem. This time using the STYLE attribute only, to keep the
 > > information local. Which is preferred depends on one's taste:
 > > 
 > >     <p>in Just-<br>
 > >     spring<br style="display:inline;width:7em">when the world is mud-<br>
 > >     luscious the little<br>
 > >     lame baloonman
 > > 
 > > or:
 > > 
 > >     <p>in Just-<br>
 > >     spring<span style="word-spacing:7em"> </span>when the world is mud-<br>
 > >     luscious the little<br>
 > >     lame baloonman
 > > 
 > 
 > These aren't quite the same, are they?  Setting "word-spacing:7em" adds
 > 7em to the default word-spacing, while setting "width:7em" for the <br>
 > should produce a space with a width of 7em, which is shorter unless the
 > default word-spacing is 0, right?  Am I interpreting the meaning of <br> 
 > correctly?

You're absolutely right.

They are not the same, but both of them improve on the first version,
which was specified with a space in pixels.

Steven Pemberton's solution can be applied here, too:

     <PRE STYLE="FONT-FAMILY:SERIF">
     in Just-
     spring              when the world is mud-
     luscious the little
     lame baloonman

     whistles          far          and wee
     </PRE>

(or use his POETRY element.) Again a different result, but an equally
valid approximation (while we lack the author's instructions.)


Bert
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