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Re: em

From: Eric A. Meyer <eam3@po.CWRU.Edu>
Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2000 14:38:58 -0400 (EDT)
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.3.95.1000619115536.26855A-100000@sr71>
To: www-style@w3.org
On Mon, 19 Jun 2000, Matthew Brealey wrote:

> Erik van der Poel wrote:
> > Todd Fahrner wrote:
> > >
> > > 1em is the size of the parent element's font.
> > 
> > Just a minor correction: When the "em" unit is used in the font-size
> > property, it refers to the parent element's font-size, but when it is
> > used in any other property, it refers to this element's font-size (not
> > the parent's).
> Shoudn't that be font size (size of font)?

   It depends on what you mean by "size of font."  Visually, the size of the
font may be different than the 'font-size' value.  However, the value of
'font-size' is used to determine what an em is in a given situation, with the
particular value to use being determined as Erik explains above.

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