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Re: first-letter tag soup

From: Peter S. Linss <peter@linss.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2000 10:39:03 -0800
Message-ID: <387CCA47.DDBD98B4@linss.com>
To: "L. David Baron" <dbaron@fas.harvard.edu>
CC: www-style@w3.org


"L. David Baron" wrote:

> On Wed, 12 Jan 2000 08:55:26 -0800, "Peter S. Linss" (peter@linss.com)
> wrote:
> >
> > "L. David Baron" wrote:
> >
> > > The only solution I can think of would be that if such a thing were to
> > > happen, there should be no first-letter pseudo-element for that block.
> >
> > Two other possible solutions are:
> > 1)
> > <p><p:first-letter>[</p:first-letter><span><p:first-letter><span:first-letter>T</span:first-letter></p:first-letter>ext</span>]</p>
> >
> > This solution follows the reasoning that, the illegal HTML (since inlines
> > cannot contain blocks):
> > <b>bold<p>paragraph</p>text</b>
> > becomes:
> > <b>bold</b><p><b>paragraph</b></p><b>text</b>
> > by a correcting parser/processor (ie: you close and re-propogate any spans
> > that can't span contained containers, and <p:first-letter> is morally a
> > span)
> >
> > or
> > 2)
> > <p><p:first-letter>[<span>T</span></p:first-letter><span>ext</span>]</p>
> >
> > Which is how a correcting parser/processor would treat:
> > <p><bold>bold<div>div</b></div></p>
> > (ie: the <p:first-letter> is treated more like a block)
>
> Both of these solutions would lead to unexpected results if either
> the :first-letter pseudo-element or the span element had a border-style
> other than none.  (There are probably some other things that would
> be strange.)

Not really. The expected implementation of borders on inline elements is that borders aren't drawn for adjacent edges when the box is
split (like accross lines), so splitting up an inline structurally would have no visual impact.

Peter

>
>
> -David
>
> L. David Baron    Sophomore, Harvard (Physics)    dbaron@fas.harvard.edu
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