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RE: Pixels 'n points (CSS1 browser test)

From: Chris Wilson (PSD) <cwilso@MICROSOFT.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 1997 11:07:30 -0700
Message-ID: <41F7F4CE3CA2CF11BC5000805F14B2A901F171C1@RED-31-MSG.dns.microsoft.com>
To: "'EMeyer'" <eam3@po.cwru.edu>, www-style@w3.org
Eric Meyer (eam3@po.cwru.edu) wrote:
>   Speaking of which, does anyone have any idea what this means?
>   * Following their original web design, tables do not inherit styles
>     from the surrounding text or style sheet.
>        (quoted from the Navigator 4.0 release notes)

It means that Netscape more or less considers each table cell a frame,
and has a completely different style context inside that frame.  Not
"context" in the sense of contextual selectors, but in the sense that
they reset all stylistic properties - some of the time.  Their rules for
doing this are pretty weird, in my experience.

>>And MS... you ARE going to get those float margins right, right?
>   We can hope.  There are a lot of things I'd like to see implemented
>both browsers-- different things for each browser, of course-- but I
>*correct* support for float on all elements would be a huge step.

Hmm.  Well, in our dynamic system, that is unfortunately a very
difficult task item for us to do (correctly supporting 'float' on all
elements).  If you're not content-dynamic, and you don't really care
about editing and persisting, you can do things like essentially turn
the item into a single-cell table (which I think is what Netscape does -
which is why they lose the inherited style properties in a number of
cases).  However, we need to be able to morph these items without
damaging the document structure, because we need to be able to persist
the content as given, in addition to not messing with random things
(like not inheriting style properties through floated items, because
they're magically turned into table cells internally.)  We are working
towards that goal, and fixing the margins on floated elements should
happen by our final release of IE 4.0.

>   By the way, is it generally considered good form to send an
>'introduction' message to the list when joining, or are such things
>optional, or even discouraged?  Just curious...

Hmm - no one has on this list in the year or two I've been on it - but
that doesn't mean that it's necessarily discouraged.

Chris Wilson
Received on Friday, 27 June 1997 14:08:13 UTC

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