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Re: :first-line errors

From: Matthew Brealey <thelawnet@yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2000 10:21:07 -0800 (PST)
Message-ID: <20000203182107.2032.qmail@web906.mail.yahoo.com>
To: www-style <www-style@w3.org>
--- Bert Bos <Bert.Bos@sophia.inria.fr> wrote:
> > This is a grave error. Vertical-align can have no effect since
> :first-line
> > selects a line box, and line boxes are stacked without separation.
> No, it doesn't select the line box (nothing in CSS ever selects the
> line box, I believe), it selects the text in that line box.
How so?

<:first-line style="vertical-align: super">
Some text in the first line.

Now if that is supposed to superscript the SPAN, then it is necessary to
imply some kind of inheritance of non-inheritable properties, and I know
*that* isn't in the spec.


<:first-line style="background: red">
<img>Some text in the first line.
Now if the image is taller than the font-size, then we are going to have
one hell of an ugly first line (assuming the background selects the text)

In addition, the clear property (which works after a fashion (although it
seems rather pointless - why not clear the containing block?) if the line
box is selected) is made meaningless by selecting inline text - inline
elements can't be cleared.

I think the selection of line box is the more satisfactory approach as it
makes more attractive background effects and doesn't require any
suspension of he normal rules of CSS.

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