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Re: line-height: <number>

From: Erik van der Poel <erik@netscape.com>
Date: Thu, 03 Feb 2000 17:17:50 -0800
Message-ID: <389A28BE.A19E55A0@netscape.com>
To: www-style <www-style@w3.org>
Ian Hickson wrote:
> On Tue, 1 Feb 2000, Erik van der Poel wrote:
> > [ line-height: <number> ]
> >
> > (1) It says "multiplied by the element's font size". Would that be
> > the computed or actual value of font-size?
> The same as with 'em'. i.e., a line-height of '3.4' means '3.4em'. The
> only difference between specifying 'em' and <number> for 'line-height'
> is the rather important difference in how it is inherited.

The spec says:

  The 'em' unit is equal to the computed value of the
  'font-size' property of the element on which it is used.

The above can be found here:


So, as far as I can tell, the *specified* value "3.4em" is inherited by
a child element, and you then multiply 3.4 by the font-size of that
child element, not the parent element where line-height was inherited

And of course we have the computed vs actual problem. Em ought to refer
to the actual value of font-size.

> > (2) If the number is inherited, do we multiply it by the font-size
> > of the element that we inherited the number from, or by the
> > font-size of *this* element?
> This element.

I think that percentages should be treated the same way as numbers.
However, the spec has an example (which is informative, not normative)
saying that percentages are inherited in such a way that they apply to
the parent's font-size:


I believe that example is wrong, and percentage should be treated just
like number. It's silly to use the font-size of a parent element, when
the font-size of the child could be quite different (e.g. larger).

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