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Re: Flow around floats (proposal for float-displace)

From: Ian Hickson <py8ieh@bath.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 1999 14:54:49 +0000 (BST)
To: "L. David Baron" <dbaron@fas.harvard.edu>
cc: www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.04.9901131440210.19212-100000@ss1.bath.ac.uk>
On Sun, 27 Dec 1998, L. David Baron wrote [1]:
> Property: float-displace
> Value: none | inline | jaggedbox | box
> [.....]
> jaggedbox:
> Block boxes are displaced by the floating element, and may have
> irregular shapes if the floating element is only next to part of the
> box (that is, that there is some horizontal split in the content of
> the box that would mean only one of the two boxes created by the
> split would be displaced by the float). All block-level children of
> an element whose displace value is jaggedbox are also treated as
> though they have the value jaggedbox (unless they have the value
> box), and are formatted accordingly. Top margin, border, and padding
> is applied at every top edge of the box, and equivalently for right,
> bottom, and left margin border and padding.
>   NOTE:  This is the current behavior of MS Internet Explorer 4 and
>   5.0 beta, or at least similar to it.

I have serious doubts about whether this is a good idea; irregular
padding, margins and borders are *very* complicated to implement (and
their visual appeal leaves much to be desired too, IMHO).

This behaviour is *not* IE4's behaviour: in IE only the markers are
moved by floats, not the border/padding/margin.

I believe this problem is resolved in a much simpler manner by my
redefinition of marker-offset's calculations [2].


References:
[1]: http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/1998Dec/0082.html
[2]: http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/1998Dec/0066.html
Related resources:
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/1998Dec/0065.html
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/1998Dec/0079.html
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/1998Dec/0083.html
http://www.bath.ac.uk/%7Epy8ieh/internet/projects/wwwstyle/MarkerNearFloatSuggestion.html

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Ian Hickson
Received on Wednesday, 13 January 1999 09:55:00 GMT

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