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Re: Collapsing 0 width margin

From: Brian Sexton <discussion-w3c@ididnotoptin.com>
Date: Fri, 7 Jan 2005 22:43:12 -0800
Message-ID: <002001c4f54d$53966a70$651aa143@desktop>
To: "Ian Hickson" <ian@hixie.ch>
Cc: <www-style@w3.org>

Ian et al.,

> Zero margins do collapse, yes. Margin collapsing in general is rather
> confusing, but it's too late to change things now, pages depend on it.

I disagree about it being too late to change things now; developers make the 
best of dubious and poor designs and implementations all the time, but that 
is no reason to stop improving both.  We are talking about aesthetics here, 
not air traffic control; the good that could come from making improvements 
to CSS for the countless pages that will use it in the future easily 
outweighs the risks of new browsers displaying margins a little differently 
for the considerably smaller number of extant pages that would be affected. 
It is too late to change the past, but it is never too late to improve the 

Kind regards,

Brian Sexton 
Received on Saturday, 8 January 2005 06:43:16 UTC

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