Re: Properties of HTML style

Bert Bos wrote:
> This is incorrect.
> The margin properties are among the ones that are *not*
> inherited. Every element has a margin of zero, unless explicitly set
> in the style sheet.
> *But*: the margins are relative, i.e., they are counted starting from
> the parent's margin. If the window is 20cm wide and you set a margin
> on the BODY of 2cm on each side, the children of BODY will think the
> window is only 16cm wide. The diagram in section 4 of the CSS1 spec[1]
> is meant to show how elements nest inside each other.
> Thus, if you want a global margin of 6em, all you have to do is set
>     BODY {margin-left: 6em}
> and leave all the other margins alone. The child elements will by
> default have a zero margin and they will be placed inside the parent's
> margins.

Thanks Bert (and Chris Lilley). Now I reread the spec it starts to all
make (a little more) sense.

Unfortunately, I can't seem to find a browser which implements the
interesting parts of CSS1.

MSIE3.0beta2 doesn't seem to recognise the CSS1 features which mirror
the HTML extensions like '<body background=foo.gif>' (ie 'body
{"background: url(foo.gif)}'), which is a little frustrating.

Is there a list somewhere describing what subsets the different browsers
have implemented?


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