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overflow property in standard mode (as opposed to quirks mode)

From: Hans Meiser <brille1@hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 02 Oct 2003 21:15:42 +0000
To: www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <Sea2-F47B6gVs1tIzmQ00000667@hotmail.com>

I've noticed that both, Netscape as well as IE display the "auto" value of 
the "overflow" property in standard mode differently from quirks mode: They 
don't take the area required for the vertical scroll bar into account in 
standard mode.

This leads to the phenomenon that as soon as the content overflows the 
visible content area, *both* scroll bars are displayed, because part of the 
right (or left, resp.) content area becomes covered by the vertical scroll 
bar, and hence horizontal scrolling becomes necessary.

This looks very ugly, particularly at frame-based web pages, where each 
frame is "auto" by default.

Is there a way in CSS to define kind of a right (or left, resp.) margin on a 
frame, having exactly the size of the vertical scroll bar in order to avoid 
horizontal clipping and the appearance of the horizontal scroll bar?

Or should an additional value be defined in CSS3 for the "overflow" 
property, being similar to "auto" but taking the space of the vertical 
scroll bar into account (like quirks mode currently does)?

Axel Dahmen

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