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RE: [css3-page]: Comments on pages media -- issues 42

From: BIGELOW,JIM (HP-Boise,ex1) <jim.bigelow@hp.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2004 22:00:35 -0800
Message-ID: <79417AA297C63F4EA33B68AC105464A9016E3D7D@xboi22.boise.itc.hp.com>
To: werner.donne@re.be
Cc: W3C CSS List <www-style@w3.org>

Your issue, shown below, has been accepted without changes to the
specification by the editor.  If you have any further comment on this topic,
you have 7 days, until 14 February 2004, to respond.
> Issue 42
> > 3) Margin at-rules
> > 
> > It is not clear to me which are the properties that apply to 
> > these rules. The examples seem to suggest that only the 
> > content property is allowed. This is confirmed by the way the 
> > margin box sizes are determined. As I understand it this is 
> > driven by the actual content of the boxes. This is a 
> > bottom-up approach. Wouldn't it be useful to also provide 
> > top-down constraints such as the width for top-boxes? How 
> > else can one deal with situations where the pieces of text 
> > are somewhat longer and might overlap?
> > 

The specification does not make any restrictions on the properties that can
be used within the margin box context. The content property is suggested as
a way that UA's may derive the maximum size allocated to a given box in
proportion to other boxes. However, the UA is given complete freedom to
calculate the maximum size of the margin boxes with the following
1. the margin box cannot spill out of the margin 
2. the top center, bottom center, left middle, and right middle boxes must
be centered.  

The author may use values of the height and width properties to size the
boxes but they will be constrained by the UA's enforcement of the two
constraints shown above.

 -- Jim Bigelow, editor
Received on Sunday, 8 February 2004 01:00:38 UTC

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