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Re: [css21] anonymous block boxes versus block boxes

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2005 23:43:13 -0500
Message-ID: <43016EE1.1070901@mit.edu>
To: Orion Adrian <orion.adrian@gmail.com>
CC: www-style@w3.org

Orion Adrian wrote:
> Given the attitude that CSS merely gives hints to presentation and not
> exact specifications (aka pixel perfection), then I think we'll have
> to get used to the idea that two different layouts can come from the
> same CSS.

While technically true, I think that such instances should be minimized. 
Certainly when all other factors (most notably the fonts used) are equal 
different rendering engines ought to render the same CSS the same way.  Most of 
the "merely gives hints" part of CSS comes from the cascading part, and when 
talking about "the same CSS" we're talking about the cascade result.

> As to whether or not they are both conforming... that's
> determined solely by the specificity of the CSS spec in question and
> whether or not it bothers to be, well, that specific.

I posit that it should be as specific as it can.  That will improve 
interoperability and ease implementation, in general.

-Boris
Received on Tuesday, 16 August 2005 04:43:20 GMT

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