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Fwd: Incorrectly Identifying Negative Text-Indent as Error

From: Eric Powell <epic@pobox.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2008 07:33:46 -0700
Message-ID: <6d9bf3e60809020733j31400adbic06d330486c44635@mail.gmail.com>
To: "CSS Validator Mailing List" <www-validator-css@w3.org>
I owe an apology, it turns out it was a syntax error.  Interestingly the CSS
validator gives a misleading error, Dreamweaver validates, and Firefox and
Opera execute it correctly.

The mistake was that the ":" was missing after the "text-indent".     Since
the validator reported a "value error" and Dreamweaver WASN'T reporting a
validation error (I checked again just now,) and the browsers were executing
it, I looked at it but didn't see it.  I tried a number of values, but of
course they all gave the same error.

What I was doing was to compensate for the "Float+align left-first element
in a list is indented wrong" bug where other solutions had not worked.  This
solution worked in Firefox and Opera, even though it was technically
a syntax error (curious.)  When I validated the page, I got the "value
error" and my attention was focused on that.

I suppose the validator should detect the correct error and report it, but
I'm assuming that would be a different bug

Thanks for the response David, it made me look a bit closer.

--eric powell

eric powell
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---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: David Dorward david@dorward.me.uk

Eric Powell wrote:
> A "text-indent" property of "text-indent -30" was identified as an
> error: "Value Error : text-indent Parse Error -30px"
> (all tested negative values were also identified as error)

I just did a test and can't reproduce the error:


Do you have a test case that demonstrates the problem?

(Please direct responses to the mailing list, and not directly to me,

David Dorward                               <http://dorward.me.uk/>
Received on Tuesday, 2 September 2008 14:34:24 UTC

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