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Re: Initial Value

From: Laurens Holst <lholst@students.cs.uu.nl>
Date: Wed, 01 Jun 2005 15:58:49 +0200
Message-ID: <429DBF19.8060308@students.cs.uu.nl>
To: Felix Miata <mrmazda@ij.net>
Cc: www-style@w3.org

Felix Miata wrote:
>>>Once reset is
>>>performed, medium should stand in the stead of the value from the
>>Why?  Because you say it should? 
> No. It's what the language of 15.8 says. It says ALL values reset, not
> most values reset or some values reset or all values reset except.

It says that all values are FIRST reset, and it also says that THEN, 
after the reset, the values are set to the explicit values by the 
contents of the ‘font’ property are set. This indeed means that, as 
Boris explained, it will in effect do:

    font-size: medium;
    font-size: 70%;

When you have two rules like that in your stylesheet, the second will 
take precedence per the cascading rules. The ‘font-size’ property, or 
any property for that matter, can only have *one* value at a time, which 
is 70% because it is set at a later time.

And per the definition of font size percentages, the computed value is 
relative to the *parent* element’s font size, not to any previously 
defined sizes for the same element which have been overridden by the 
cascade (and therefore to the stylesheet processor are irrelevant and 

It is as clear as the sky. I suggest to continue this conversation 
off-list by private mail, because this is going nowhere.


Ushiko-san! Kimi wa doushite, Ushiko-san!!
Laurens Holst, student, university of Utrecht, the Netherlands.
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Received on Wednesday, 1 June 2005 13:58:43 UTC

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