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Subject:

Fixing browser discrepencies - followup

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[log in to unmask] (Philip Trauring)

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Wed, 28 Feb 1996 16:25:36 -0500

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        I just want to take a moment to respond to all the comments I
received on my previous post. It seems almost everyone asked the question
of 'Well, what if the user is old and has the font size set larger?'. My
response to that is simply that there are always some exceptions and it is
only a minor problem. It is minor since those items I mention are
horizontally oriented and not vertical, so the pages would become longer,
but maintain there general appearance.

        That said, I should have taken a look at the style sheets before I
posted. I had heard of them but had not examined them before I posted. I
had assumed from what some other people had said at some point that they
didn't cover what I mentioned.

        That said, I just have a few comments. I saw mention of modifying
the properties of tags like <UL>, but I didn't see the specific mehtod for
changing the offset. My gut feeling says it's there but I guess the spec
just wasn't clear enough.

        I suppose the problem of screen resolution is covered in the spec,
although I found the following statement strange:

>  P  { font-size: 12px }    /* pixels, relative to canvas */
>
>Pixel units, as used in the last rule, are relative to the resolution of
>the canvas. Since this is an unknown parameter
>for the style sheet designer, its use is discouraged.

        A perfect example of the use of pixel measurements is offsetting
the page to the right of a background image on the left of the screen,
something that is fairly common in pages today. Since the bars are general
defined as background images, exact pixel measurements would be critical
for showing the page correctly(as such, the bar I have on my home page now
displays incorrectly on some systems). Is there a reason this should be
discouraged?

        Philip

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                   Philip Trauring      [log in to unmask]     617-736-6702
                         "knowledge is my addiction, information is my drug"
                                        http://www.cs.brandeis.edu/~philip/
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