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Re: background-position and other sundry css clarifications

From: David Perrell <davidp@earthlink.net>
Date: Fri, 9 May 1997 22:08:01 -0700
Message-Id: <199705100508.WAA10243@norway.it.earthlink.net>
To: "Douglas Rand" <drand@sgi.com>, <www-style@w3.org>
Douglas Rand wrote:
> I'm a little unclear on this property.  Can this be used with repeat,
> repeat-x and repeat-y,  or does it imply a single copy of the image
> no-repeat only?  If you *can* repeat,  does the image origin begin
> repeat area,  or does it extend backward to the edge of the content.

If the repeat extends in both directions a repeated background could be
centered regardless of window size, and another centered element could
be aligned with - or predictably offset from - the background. IE3.2
only repeats in the positive x and y directions, but the spec (5.3.4)
seems to imply that the image _should_ be repeated in both directions:
"The 'repeat-x' ('repeat-y') value makes the image repeat horizontally
(vertically), to create a single band of images from one side to the

> A small clarification on background/background-color would also be
> desirable.  Right now I'm drawing those out to the edge of the
> but it occured to me that the background-position was w.r.t. the
> content.  Is the background clipped to the padding or the content?

Isn't "The padding area uses the same background as the element itself
(set with the background properties (5.3.2-5.3.7)" pretty clear?
(Section 4, formatting model.)
> A last clarification.  Each element can be addressed with a CSS
> property.  Is there an implicit element for the text within a block, 
> is it simply assumed that you can never set non-inherited properties
> that text without using SPAN?

I don't understand the question. Each element has many properties,
including text properties and font properties.

David Perrell
Received on Saturday, 10 May 1997 01:08:52 UTC

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