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Re: [css3-values] cap-height unit?

From: Ambrose Li <ambrose.li@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2008 17:10:43 -0500
Message-ID: <af2cae770812011410g742348eet4c6ee5819c61bf05@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Stanimir Stamenkov" <s7an10@netscape.net>
Cc: www-style@w3.org

2008/12/1 Stanimir Stamenkov <s7an10@netscape.net>:
> Mon, 1 Dec 2008 15:53:44 -0500, /Ambrose Li/:
>> 2008/12/1 Sylvain Galineau <sylvaing@microsoft.com>:
>>> My first reaction aligns with Stanimir's suggestion i.e. wouldn't a
>>> line-height multiple be more useful for this use-case ?
>> A lot of times an image is used as a character (e.g., which has no
>> Unicode, or which is unusual and so absent in most common fonts). A
>> cap-height unit would be more useful in this case.
> Doesn't such an image never need to take the space from the text-bottom to
> the baseline?  In my opinion it is more likely for such an image to have the
> height from the text-bottom to the text-top which should be the same as 1em,
> or I'm missing something?

It may or may not. If an image is to stand for a glyph with no
Unicode, it could be a lowercase letter, in which case it would take
the space between the baseline and the descender line.

(And yes, I did run into this problem myself, though it was before
CSS/Unicode times.)

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