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Re: flowing around both sides of a float

From: Brad Kemper <brkemper@comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2008 21:36:32 -0800
Message-Id: <3C598B00-2F7A-4501-93B4-CDA34456D438@comcast.net>
Cc: James Elmore <James.Elmore@cox.net>, CSS <www-style@w3.org>
To: Philip TAYLOR <Philip-and-LeKhanh@Royal-Tunbridge-Wells.Org>

On Jan 3, 2008, at 9:43 AM, Philip TAYLOR wrote:

> James Elmore wrote:
>> Philip -- I recognize what you are saying; but I won't let the  
>> design preferences of a small minority of users stop me from  
>> expressing my own design preferences on my own web pages.
> And nor will I; all I am trying to achieve is
> agreement that CSS cannot (and is not intended to)
> allow /control/ of a web page's appearance; all
> it can do is to /influence/ that appearance.
> Philip TAYLOR

You're splitting hairs. I suspect you are splitting hairs just for  
the sake of starting and fueling an argument. Control is not an  
something which is either absolute or non-existent, with nothing in  
between. There is a whole range of levels of control, and no one  
advocating for the ability of the author to control the presentation  
of the pages they present to the world is suggesting that the control  
they aim for is absolute.

If you set your user style sheets to override those of the original  
author, then you are becoming, in a sense, co-author of the page  
because you also want some of the control. If you think you know  
better than me how the page I created should be styled, then go for  
it, and live with the results. I spend hours tweaking the CSS, not  
for my own ego gratification, but because I am a professional who  
thinks he can do a good job styling it for those who would consume  
it. I can do a better job at that task when I have a reasonable  
expectation of what it will look like when rendered, and how it will  
act, including when the window is resized or the text magnification  
changed, or when it is presented on various different devices of  
different capabilities, screen sizes, etc.
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