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Re: Leader Character

From: Afternoon <afternoon@uk2.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2003 17:55:16 +0100
To: www-style@w3.org
Message-Id: <F16FA45B-B61B-11D7-9D61-000A957E8988@uk2.net>

> To my knowledge, there is no CSS approach to creating
> something like this, but there may be workarounds to achieve this 
> output
> (using tables + css).

CSS does not really provide for related objects to be styled into this 
kind of presentation. It is just about possible to position two 
elements level with each other in a reasonable way using float 
properties, but the author is not given sufficiently fine control over 
the output, i.e. to get the right wrapping effect in situations of 
unbalanced content or to allow a table-style "tug of war" to take place 
between the two elements over the proportions of each. It is also 
possible to achieve this with absolute positioning. But if you do that 
you lose the ability to allow other objects to flow around the 
"combined element". Useless in situations like tab leader.

A multipurpose, flexible way to arrange elements like this would be 
useful in many situations, not least providing tab leaders.


(q)	Ben Godfrey?
(a)	Web Developer and Designer
	See http://aftnn.org/ for details
Received on Monday, 14 July 2003 12:55:24 UTC

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