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From: Beauregard T. Shagnasty on 15 Jun 2010 18:01
> thanks, adding margin:auto resulted in centered text. Strange the book
> I have only has the width and the text-align set. I even downloaded
> their examples and it also didn't work correctly.
Don't be dragged into using the HTML comment markers those pages have in
the CSS. They're left over from Netscape 3 ...
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From: Thomas 'PointedEars' Lahn on 15 Jun 2010 18:12
> Thomas 'PointedEars' Lahn wrote:
>> coltrane wrote:
>>> [...] Actually width doesn't seem to have any effect
>>> whether I use pixels or percent. The only way to get the text to not
>>> take up the entire width of the browser is by specifying a margin.
>>> It does seem that the width should do it but it doesn't.
>> It is the reverse here: margin-*: auto without setting the width does not
>> center the block. Probably you are setting the width of the wrong
>> element, or your markup or CSS is syntactically wrong.
> thanks, adding margin:auto resulted in centered text.
You probably don't want `margin: auto' which sets all margins to automatic
width, but margin: … auto. The ellipsis would be one value to set the top
and bottom margins alike.
> Strange the book I have only has the width and the text-align set.
There are many bad books. Ask for a refund, if centering is what they
wanted to show.
> I even downloaded their examples and it also didn't work correctly.
Is that your code or theirs? It has a number of problems: It is not Valid,
and the stylesheet is commented out (which really means that in XHTML).
Please trim your quotes to the relevant minimum.
Danny Goodman's books are out of date and teach practices that are
positively harmful for cross-browser scripting.
-- Richard Cornford, cljs, <cife6q$253$1$8300dec7(a)news.demon.co.uk> (2004)
From: coltrane on 15 Jun 2010 18:16
From: coltrane on 15 Jun 2010 18:28
while I'm here, can you recommend a book? I have been using oreilly's
cookbook and the first edition of the definitive guide which I guess I
should get the latest edition.
From: Thomas 'PointedEars' Lahn on 15 Jun 2010 18:53
> while I'm here, can you recommend a book?
No, sorry, the Web sufficed for me to date.
> I have been using oreilly's cookbook and the first edition of the
> definitive guide which I guess I should get the latest edition.
Perhaps. Who is the author (O'Reilly is only the publisher)?
Anyone who slaps a 'this page is best viewed with Browser X' label on
a Web page appears to be yearning for the bad old days, before the Web,
when you had very little chance of reading a document written on another
computer, another word processor, or another network. -- Tim Berners-Lee