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Re: Unitless dimensions

From: Laurens Holst <lholst@students.cs.uu.nl>
Date: Tue, 05 Jul 2005 23:52:05 +0200
Message-ID: <42CB0105.1060100@students.cs.uu.nl>
To: "P.Taylor" <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Cc: www-style@w3.org

P.Taylor wrote:

> My thanks to all who have offered help here;
> it looks as if line-height is indeed the
> "special case" I was thinking of, which doesn't
> help for the problem at hand ("why is IE scaling
> H1 -- H6 with 'text size' but not scaling P,
> OL, UL & LI, when the only element for which
> a font size is specified is BODY ?", so I need to
> do more research but am most grateful for the
> speedy responses by all concerned.

Because h1 ... h6 are defined using the CSS font size units ‘small’, 
‘medium’, ‘large’, ‘x-large’, etc. And you cannot affect the actual 
sizes of those values in CSS, only in the browser UI.

This is particularly annoying when using e.g. a font like Verdana which 
is much bigger than the default Times New Roman... A ‘medium’ character 
in Times New Roman is pretty much the same size as a ‘small’ sized 
character in Verdana.

I was looking for a similar thing just now, today (I thought I could 
recollect a similar thing as you mentioned). All I could find is: 

Which may work, but I’m not sure how it works exactly. It’s probably not 
implemented anyway.


Ushiko-san! Kimi wa doushite, Ushiko-san!!
Laurens Holst, student, university of Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Website: www.grauw.nl. Backbase employee; www.backbase.com.
Received on Tuesday, 5 July 2005 21:52:07 UTC

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