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Block-indent with :before

From: David Perrell <davidp@earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 7 May 1997 14:29:27 -0700
Message-Id: <199705072130.OAA18828@iceland.it.earthlink.net>
To: "Bert Bos" <bert@w3.org>, "Hakon Lie" <howcome@w3.org>
Cc: "Style" <www-style@w3.org>
(This suggestion is an alternative to a previous "list-item display
type" message.)

Along with :before and :after pseudo-elements, a new property
'block-indent' is needed. The 'block-indent' property would be a more
general version of the 'list-style-position' property, applicable to
any block element. It would eliminate the need to apply a negative
margin to the :before pseudo-element in order to get an equivalent
rendering to 'list-style-position: outside'.

With the block-indent property and the :before pseudo-element, list
items could be defined entirely in terms of more general CSS
properties, eliminating the need for a separate list-item display type.

The block-indent property would act as a secondary margin that does not
affect floated child elements as margin does. This example specifies an
equivalent to a typical unordered list:

  UL LI        { block-indent: outside }
  UL LI:before { float: left;
                 content: disk }

The 'outside' keyword indicates that the content should be to the right
of any left-floated before: pseudo-element, corresponding to typical
default browser behavior.

Note that it is not necessary to specify any caveats regarding the use
of 'block-indent' and ':before' with list-items because it can be
assumed that list-items have _default_ block-indents and :before
pseudo-elements that are being overridden.

David Perrell
Received on Wednesday, 7 May 1997 17:30:41 UTC

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