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Re: [selectors] [css3-content] The ::inside pseudo-element

From: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2009 13:07:01 -0600
Message-ID: <dd0fbad0901211107o59474ae1rcac6619a78b22444@mail.gmail.com>
To: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu>
Cc: Giovanni Campagna <scampa.giovanni@gmail.com>, www-style@w3.org

On Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 12:36 PM, Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu> wrote:
>
> Giovanni Campagna wrote:
>>
>> How would you do that? If you display the ::before with inline-block, it
>> will not float (only block can float), neither it will text-align unless you
>> manually widen the inline-block box (but it will align left of the widened
>> block, not left of the table-cell).
>>
>> (The use case is the same as the first post, aligning generated content to
>> the start edge of a table-cell, while putting the dom content aligned on the
>> right, like in Microsoft Excel "Contability" formatting)
>
> Ok, I seem to really be missing something.  Let's step back for a second.
>  Forget generated content.  Let's say you can edit the HTML to produce the
> effect you want.  What would the original HTML+CSS (before the effect has
> been produced) look like?  What would the final HTML+CSS (with the effect
> produced) look like?

Let's start with the use-case.  Giovanni wants to be able to line
things up like this:

+-------+
|$  5.00|
+-------+
|$ 25.00|
+-------+
|$100.00|
+-------+
|$ 25.5 |
+-------+

So that the content is aligned both on the "$" and the ".".

Currently, the only way to do this is by splitting this into two table cells:

<table><tbody>
  <tr><td>$</td><td>5.00</td></tr>
  <tr><td>$</td><td>25.00</td></tr>
  <tr><td>$</td><td>100.00</td></tr>
  <tr><td>$</td><td>25.5</td></tr>
</tbody></table>

<style>
td { text-align: "."; }
</style>

This is pretty darned unsemantic, though.

~TJ
Received on Wednesday, 21 January 2009 19:07:36 GMT

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