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Negative Border Widths

From: Dris <dris86@cox.net>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2003 01:17:29 -0600
Message-Id: <3BDB96E3-35E1-11D8-97DE-000A95A18252@cox.net>
To: www-style@w3.org

This may or may not have been discussed before.  I just had a hunch 
about border widths.

Specifying a positive width means applying the border in a measure of 
units outside the padding.  My thoughts say that specifying a negative 
width would apply the border along the inside of the padding.  This 
might provide an alternate way of working with the box model for 
designers who are confused by it, or it could add more confusion.

I don't know how this would fit into CSS3.  I don't even know how it 
would fit into CSS2, because other logic might say the total dimensions 
of the box would have to be decreased.  One could even go crazy and say 
the border color would have to be inverted, citing some weird physics 
formulae (I should hope nobody would look *that* far into it).

Most likely, this will be tossed into the "...right, no," pile.
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