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Basically, italic text is in some way its own font, with smallchanges made to the structure of each letter to account for thealtered appearance. This is especially true of serif fonts, where inaddition to the fact that the text characters "lean," theserifs may be altered in an italic face. Oblique text, on the otherhand, is simply a slanted version of the normal, upright text. Fontfaces with labels like Italic, Cursive,and Kursiv mailing list or request a catalog, send email to:

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them was solid enough to trust completely. It was actually easier to draw theoretical examples by hand than to take screenshots in web browsers and then retouch them in Photoshop.

This is also why this chapter is largely (but not entirely) free of browser warnings and caveats. Rather than drown the explanatory text in side notes, we have chosen to simply describe positioning as it is given by the CSS2 specification and leave things there. Perhaps the second edition of this book will contain more practical advice, but at this time, the only practical advice we can give is this: test effect, as depicted in Figure 7-34:

P.new1 {border-style: solid dashed none;}
P.new2 {border-style: solid dashed none dashed;}
Figure 7-34

Figure 7-34. Equivalent style rules

In case you're wondering, under CSS1, there is no way to directly set the style for only a single side using something like border-top-style, since no such property exists in CSS1 (although that property, and others like it, were introduced in CSS2). You can, however, sneak around this limitation by declaring