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Re: font-size and accents, again

From: Erik van der Poel <erik@netscape.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 16:05:38 -0800
Message-ID: <3839DA52.72AF4FA6@netscape.com>
To: "L. David Baron" <dbaron@fas.harvard.edu>
CC: fahrner@pobox.com, www-style@w3.org
"L. David Baron" wrote:
> 
> 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).

Are you saying that the currently installed browsers treat "em"
differently, depending on the property?

Erik
Received on Monday, 22 November 1999 19:08:39 GMT

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