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Re: [CSS] Lengths relative to the line height

From: Stanimir Stamenkov <stanio@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2003 11:28:04 +0300
Message-ID: <3F77ED14.8050903@yahoo.com>
To: www-style@w3.org

David Woolley wrote:

>> Would it be good if there's a unit just like 'em' (where you specify 
>> a length relative to the parent element's font size) to specify 
> 
> This is wrong.  em refers to the current element except when setting 
> the font size.

O.k. - my mistake. But it doesn't change the matter.

>> lengths relative to the parent element's line height?

(read as "relative to the current element's line height")

> I can't see any value in this except as a case of a more general 
> mechanism to reference the computed value of any length valued property,
> and even then I think one is getting into bloat and risks problems
> with circularity of reference.
> 
> [...]
> 
> My current experience is that many pages now display with lines too close
> together to read comfortably, even when using an IE medium font size.
> In some cases the lines overlap - this happens for the error messages from
> one of the Microsoft proxy servers.  IE, which has most of the market,
> only locks the font size when one disables author sizes, so a line height
> that is not specified in em's will go wrong.

Generally, I wasn't talking about bad author practices nor 
specifying line heights using absolute units. As I've stated 
previously it would be as just useful as using 'em's.

-- 
Stanimir
Received on Monday, 29 September 2003 04:28:58 GMT

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