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Re: font-size and accents, again

From: L. David Baron <dbaron@fas.harvard.edu>
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 17:43:38 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <199911222243.RAA04985@is04.fas.harvard.edu>
To: dbaron@fas.harvard.edu, erik@netscape.com
Cc: fahrner@pobox.com, www-style@w3.org
On Mon, 22 Nov 1999 13:57:55 -0800, erik@netscape.com (Erik van der
Poel) wrote:
> OK. But if backwards compatibility is a consideration (and I think it
> should be), then we cannot change the em, either. It should probably
> continue to mean the max height of the font, if that's what most
> installed copies of browsers do.

The problem with that is that it's massively inconsistent, since the
'em' is just a particular type of <length>, and it would be rather
strange to say that the 'em' means different things for different
properties (since for all properties other that 'line-height', the 'em'
reliably refers to the font-size requested).

Furthermore, 'em' units for 'line-height' are unsafe, so their use
should be discouraged anyway.


L. David Baron    Sophomore, Harvard (Physics)    dbaron@fas.harvard.edu
Links, SatPix, CSS, etc.     <URL: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~dbaron/ >
WSP CSS AC                      <URL: http://www.webstandards.org/css/ >
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