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Re: Style rules to emulate HR

From: Jan Roland Eriksson <jrexon@newsguy.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Feb 2001 11:50:01 +0100
To: www-style@w3.org
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On Sun, 18 Feb 2001 01:10:26 -0800 (Pacific Standard Time), Ian Hickson
<ian@hixie.ch> wrote:

>This group has a long history of shooting down proposed CSS rules for
>styling the default look of <br> elements, so I figured here would be the
>best place to ask:

>What is wrong with the following?

(you mean except from the fact that it has nothing to do with HR ? :)

>   br {
>     display: block;
>   }

Well, there's nothing to apply a style to in the first place.
Or are you thinking of a possibility to apply style to a control
character? Can a control char really be thought of as occupying a
character cell box?

Browsers are supposed to interpret a BR as a command to move the next
point of content rendering to a 'new line'. If the clear attribute is
used in addition, the command needs to be given a further level of
interpretation to find the next 'new line' where the value of the clear
attribute is satisfied.

But no where in this process I can se a stylable box to be generated.

Btw, this "works" as something of a BR replacement in Win Moz 0.7

In your stylesheet...

  SPAN.sbr       { white-space: pre; }
  SPAN.sbr:after { content: "\A"; }

And in your markup...

  <P>Some text here<SPAN CLASS="sbr"></SPAN
    >Some more text that will appear on a next line of its own.</P>

Jan Roland Eriksson <rex@css.nu> .. <URL:http://css.nu/>
Received on Sunday, 18 February 2001 05:52:49 UTC

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