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in order to allow text to flow around them, but under CSS1 any element may be floated. Note that, for elements such as paragraph, floating the element will cause its width to tend toward zero unless an explicit width is assigned; thus, width assignment is a crucial part of floating any nonreplaced element.


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Even worse, if you try applying padding to inline elements in Navigator 4.x, you get a huge mess. The same sorts of things that happen when you apply margins to inline elements will happen if you apply padding, so it is wise to avoid setting margins, borders, or padding on inline elements.

Opera 3.5 incorrectly permits negative values for padding, but version 3.6 does not suffer from this problem. Internet Explorer 4.x will not apply content of the paragraphs is being "displaced" by thefloated element. However, each paragraph's element width isstill as wide as its parent element. Therefore, its content areaspans the width of the parent, and so does the background. The actualcontent doesn't flow all the way across its own content area inorder to avoid being obscured behind the floating element. Negative margins

As was discussed in the previous chapter,