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Re: interpretation of float model - Mozilla vs Opera & IE

From: Afternoon <afternoon@uk2.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2003 09:21:59 +0100
To: www-style@w3.org
Message-Id: <906CE45C-BC1D-11D7-B766-000A957E8988@uk2.net>

Runaround flowing for absolutely positioned elements would be extremely  
useful and would simplify the production of pages. For example, I often  
create blocks with sizes measured in ems so that I can tell how big  
they will be even as the user changes their font sizing preference. I  
would rather leave the blocks to size themselves though and not have to  
guess at where the bottom edge, for example, might end up. If, for  
example, I wanted to position three columns against the bottom edge of  
a flexible header, absolute runaround would help that a lot. There are  
also many other situations where it would be helpful.

A fourth way for grid layout, one that allows flexible reconfiguration  
for different viewports, should be powerful enough to allow users to  
get around many of the problems of absolute positioning, of which the  
lack of runaround flowing is one of the biggest. I think Chris's idea  
of creating a hybrid layout technique _broadly similar to_ (but not a  
replacement or extension of) floats is inspired and I would very much  
like to see more ideas as to how this might be specified.


On Monday, Jul 21, 2003, at 23:23 Europe/London, Joachim Noreiko wrote:

>> This example is a perfect reason for why I'm
>> interested in this discussion. I would like a CSS
>> syntax that can do this:
> While we're on the subject of what CSS can't do:
> http://css-discuss.incutio.com/?page=FooterBeneathSidebar
> It seems to me the solution to that would be to allow
> position:absolute blocks to influence flow, ie a
> "runaround" property.
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