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Re: Collapsing 0 width margin

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Sat, 8 Jan 2005 15:50:40 +0000 (UTC)
To: Brian Sexton <discussion-w3c@ididnotoptin.com>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.61.0501081549060.27389@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Fri, 7 Jan 2005, Brian Sexton wrote:
> 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 future.

Sadly, when we are talking about billions of existing pages, making 
changes that would break existing content is an idea that Web browser 
vendors really can't seriously entertain. We have enough trouble with 
people saying pages don't work right in our browsers (i.e. not working 
like in the browser with most market share) without making it worse.

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