Re: When font-size and font size collide

David, nice piece [1] on font size. You're absolutely right about what the
spec says.

After thinking about it, I'm not sure I agree that's how it should work. It
forces authors to apply CSS to "style-based" HTML tags (like FONT SIZE)
instead of to "structure-based" tags (like P), if they want the CSS
font-size to override the HTML <FONT SIZE>.

As an author, I'd want the browser to use the HTML *only* if no other CSS
rule was relevant. The HTML is my "backup formatting" for older browsers,
and nothing more. Thus, *this* author would rather it worked differently
than it does. (But given current browser support, I know there's really no
point arguing for it now...)


At 4:20 PM -0400 8/17/99, L. David Baron wrote:
>On Tue, 17 Aug 1999 16:04:29 -0400, Steve Mulder (
>> Yup, that would be a lovely little browser bug.
>> According to the spec, HTML stylings (like FONT SIZE) should be treated
>> with less specificity than all CSS rules. Thus, the CSS *should* override
>> the HTML.
>Not when the HTML is:
>and the relevant CSS rule matches the p element.
>The rule to which you refer (CSS2 section 6.4.4, also in CSS1) only has
>an effect when the presentational hint and the CSS rule are on the same
>element.  Otherwise whichever is deeper in the document tree prevents
>inheritance from the one that is higher.  See [1], where I explained
>this fully.
>However, I *think* <font size="+2"> is often treated as relative to the
>base font size of the document, not the font size of the parent
>element.  That might explain the problem.
>[1][ST_rn=ps]/getdoc.xp?AN=443308087 , also at
>L. David Baron     Rising Sophomore, Harvard
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Received on Tuesday, 17 August 1999 17:20:10 UTC