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floating paragraphs around images.

From: Russell Steven Shawn O'Connor <roconnor@wronski.math.uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 15:27:26 -0500 (EST)
To: www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.95q.980219152516.12675A-100000@wronski.math.uwaterloo.ca>
I originally posted this question to c.i.w.a.s, but I'm not getting
satisfactory responses (yet).

The question is about floating paragraphs around two images.
If I do:

<P><IMG SYTLE="float: left">short stuff</P>
<P>'nother paragraph</P>

would the correct rendering be

+-*body*----------------------+
|                             |
| +-*P*---------------------+ |
| |                         | |
| | +-*IMG*-+ short stuff   | |
| | |       |               | |
| | |       |               | |
| | +-------+               | |
| |                         | |
| +-------------------------+ |
|                             |
| +-*P*---------------------+ |
| |                         | |
| | 'nother paragraph       | |
| |                         | |
| +-------------------------+ |
|                             |
+-----------------------------+

(as I think it should be) or as other's think

+-*body*----------------------+
|                             |
|                             |
|                             |
|   +-*IMG*-+ short stuff     |
|   |       |                 |
|   |       |                 |
|   +-------+ 'nother         |
|   paragraph                 |
|                             |
|                             |
+-----------------------------+

I didn't draw the paragraph bounding boxes for this case because I don't
see how it can work that way.

I figured that if one wanted to have 2 paragraphs float around an image,
one would write

<DIV>
<IMG STYLE="float: left">
<P>short stuff</P>
<P>'nother paragraph</P>
</DIV>

But now I wounder if even that would work.  I think it may produce:

+-*body*------------------------+
|                               |
| +-*DIV*---------------------+ |
| |                           | |
| | +-*IMG*-+ +-*P*---------+ | |
| | |       | |             | | |
| | |       | | short stuff | | |
| | |       | |             | | |
| | |       | +-------------+ | |
| | |       | +-*P*---------+ | |
| | +-------+ |             | | |
| |           | 'nother     | | |
| |           | paragraph   | | |
| |           |             | | |
| |           +-------------+ | |
| +---------------------------+ |
|                               |
+-------------------------------+

instead of the desired effect.

So, how can you float two paragraphs (block level elements) around
an image?

-- 
Russell O'Connor                           roconnor@uwaterloo.ca
    <URL:http://www.undergrad.math.uwaterloo.ca/%7Eroconnor/>
"And truth irreversibly destroys the meaning of its own message"
-- Anindita Dutta, "The Paradox of Truth, the Truth of Entropy"
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