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Re: Units, font sizing, and zoom suggestion for CSS 3

From: Matthew Brealey <thelawnet@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2000 03:34:05 -0800 (PST)
Message-ID: <20000124113405.5598.qmail@web904.mail.yahoo.com>
To: www-style <www-style@w3.org>
> > Leading is an anachronism because electronic rendering allows negative
> > values (would negative lead be a form of anti-matter?). Line-space is
> a more
> > appropriate term, IMHO.
> 
> Hear, hear. I suggested something along those lines a little while ago.
> I suggested line spacing, font spacing and vertical spacing. We should
> choose one of these terms, and stick to it.
Baseline spacing is best.

Incidentally, several other CSS terms are misnomers, the principal
offender in this regard being margin, which of course is no such thing. I
believe naming it this has caused no end of problems and
misunderstandings. It is not a margin at all, but merely an offset. The
margin really has go ntohing to do with the element at all - it is
transparent, and is not used for most purposes - for example, marker boxes
are positioned with respect to the border edge, whereas many people assume
that it is the margin edge, a misunderstanding that would not have arisen
if margin was correctly named as an offset. Equally, people have
difficulty dealing with the concept of negative margins, a difficulty that
wouldn't exist if they were called offsets. For example:
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This is an offset, which makes it obvious that the margin is transparent.
It also emphasises the fact that the element box is the border edge, not
the margin edge.
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