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Ruby-Position, Size, and Other Style Sheet Properties

In this ninth part of an ongoing series on style sheet properties, you'll learn about size, scrollbars, and more. This article is excerpted from chapter four of Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference, Third Edition, written by Danny Goodman (O'Reilly; ISBN: 0596527403). Copyright 2006 O'Reilly Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission from the publisher. Available from booksellers or direct from O'Reilly Media.

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  1. · Ruby-Position, Size, and Other Style Sheet Properties
  2. · Size
  3. · Speech-rate
  4. · Text-autospace

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Ruby-Position, Size, and Other Style Sheet Properties - Text-autospace
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IE 5(Win) NN n/a Moz n/a Saf n/a Op n/a CSS n/a

Inherited: No

Controls the spacing between ideographic (typically Asian languages) and nonideographic characters.

CSS Syntax

text-autospace: spacingType


One of the following constants: ideograph-alpha | ideograph-numeric | ideograph-parenthesis | ideograph-space | none.

Initial Value          non e

Example               div {text-autospace: ideograph-numeric}

Applies To            All elements .

Object Model Reference


IE 4 NN 4 Moz all Saf all Op all CSS 1

Inherited: No

Specifies additions to the text content of the element in the form of underlines, strikethroughs, overlines, and (in Navigator and CSS) blinking. You may specify more than one decoration style by supplying values in a space-delimited list. Thankfully, mainstream browsers ignore the blink setting. Navigator 4 does not recognize the overline decoration.

Text decoration has an unusual parent-child relationship. Values are not inherited, but the effect of a decoration carries over to nested items. Therefore, unless otherwise overridden, an underlined p element underlines a nested span element within, for example.

CSS Syntax

text-decoration: decorationStyle | none


In addition to none, any of the following four constants: blink | line-through | overline | underline , but Mozilla ignores blink.

Initial Value        none

Example          div.highlight {text-decoration: underline}
Applies To                   All elements.

Object Model Reference

[window.]document.getElementById("elementID").style.textDecorationBlink [window.]document.getElementById("elementID").style.textDecorationLineThrough [window.]document.getElementById("elementID").style.textDecorationNone


[window.]document.getElementById ("elementID").style.textDecorationOverLine

IE 4 NN 4 Moz all Saf all Op all CSS 1

Inherited: Yes

Sets the size of indenting of the first line of a block of inline text (such as a p element). Only the first line is affected by this setting. A negative value can be used to outdent the first line, but be sure the text does not run beyond the left edge of the browser window or frame.

CSS Syntax

text-indent: length | percentage


See the discussion about length values at the beginning of this chapter. Negative lengths may be allowed in some contexts, but be sure to test the results on all browsers. You may also specify a percentage value, which is calculated based on the width of the next outermost container.

Initial Value         0


body {text-indent: 2em}
p.firstGraphs {text-indent: 0}

Applies To            Block-level elements.

Object Model Reference


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