run-in headings

Hakon Lie (
Thu, 1 Feb 1996 18:09:40 +0100


> In discussion of an earlier draft I commented that not supporting run-in
> headings is a serious shortcoming. Assuming it is still impossible (and
> it isn't immediately obvious how to express it in the current formatting
> model), I still consider it a major shortcoming.

This is another example of functionality that is trivial to add to the
style sheet specification, but which can be hard to implement. In the
last sketch of CSS2 [1], the following values are suggested as
additions to the 'display' (then called 'block') property:

block-before | block-after | line-before | line-after

These would allow run-in headings. I still think these can wait for
CSS2; the visual effects do not (IMHO) justify the extra complication
for the first version. A similar visual effect to run-in headers can
be achived by packing boxes 'tight' as examplified in the draft.



Hakon W Lie, W3C/INRIA, Sophia-Antipolis, France