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RE: [css-d] Divergence between compliant browsers

Sent by Ben Henick on 29 January 2002 21:09

On Tue, 29 Jan 2002, Rieselbach, Erik wrote:

> Simon Seeber and Andrew Clover have chastised me for calling Opera's CSS
> support "horrendous."
> I admit to overstating my case, but I've had major problems in the past with
> positioning, margins, and font sizes in Opera. I've just downloaded Opera 6
> for Windows, and it seems to be much improved, I confess, though it still
> does some strange things with margins. Opera 5 for Mac still has positioning
> problems (although to be fair, Mac IE has different but equally persistent
> problems with positioning too).

The problem lies not so much in the CSS as in the HTML, I bet.

In many situations Opera (v5 for Windows does this for sure) explicitly 
includes CR/LF input as part of your markup.  Just like Netscape 4.

On one hand, I can understand why this approach is taken... when looking 
at it from the software engineer's p.o.v., it's easier to just include 
those characters as ones that can be rendered.

But it makes life hard on Web developers because it forces us either to 
work with illegible markup, or to keep four copies of our markup around 
instead of one.

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