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Howard Marvel writes:

In my quest to learn css, I came across a new item at webreview by a frequent contributor to this group, Eric Meyer, The url is http://www.webreview.com/97/12/12/style/index.html (1) Meyer claims that IE doesn't do drop caps, because it does not support floating text elements. Since I had done floating text elements in IE, I went back to figure out why his example did not work. Turns out that since I was doing the floating text like a marginal note, I had declared a width for the float. Put in width:1em in Meyer's example, and viola, almost, we have a solution. Use a narrower width and the solution is better.

But then I notice that things are strange. What is this that NS is doing? What happens if I use x-large as a font size instead of 200%? Similar results, except that the drop is too large for NS, IE does better.

Moral, I think: If you want to float some text, it may be best to declare an explicit width when possible.

(1) The style declaration to simulate the unsupported pseudo-element is:

 <STYLE type="text/css">P {font: 12pt serif; color: black;} .dropcap {font: 200% serif; color: navy; float: left; width: 1em; } </STYLE><P> <SPAN class="dropcap">T</SPAN>his is the first sentence of the paragraph.</P>

Howard Marvel writes:

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