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Re: What is initial containing block? (was Re: canvas <html> <body>)

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Sun, 05 May 2002 17:49:06 +0100
Message-ID: <3CD56282.6090207@hixie.ch>
To: ewexler@stickdog.com
CC: www-style@w3.org
ewexler@stickdog.com wrote:
> Ian Hickson responded to Sigurd Lerstad:
>> The <html> element is the only child of the infinite canvas. It is whatever box 
>> it is set to using the 'display' property (and hopefully in CSS2, the 'position' 
>> and 'float' properties).

(Sorry, typo, I meant CSS3.)

> So we must resolve the conflict about initial containing blocks between CSS2:9.1.2 and 
> CSS2:10.1. 

I believe the intent of the authers was that the initial containing block be the 
root element, and the root element is contained by a UA-defined containing 
block, although that should indeed be cleared up.

Ian Hickson
``The inability of a user agent to implement part of this specification due to
the limitations of a particular device (e.g., non interactive user agents will
probably not implement dynamic pseudo-classes because they make no sense
without interactivity) does not imply non-conformance.'' -- Selectors, Sec13
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