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Strict / Transitional DOCTYPES

  • # April 25, 2008 at 3:32 am

    OK… this is enough to make me go crazy. I’ve been dealing with a gap that is occurring between two images (used to create the top two parts of a background). Basically, if I’m using the strict DOCTYPE, and I put a break in between the two tags for the images, I get the small gap (in both IE 7 and Firefox). This makes sense to me, since I’m using a page wrap with width equal to the two images I’m using… so I’m guessing there’s one "space" there causing the gap. If I put the two tags in one line, with no space between them, the gap goes away in IE 7 but NOT in Firefox. If I change the DOCTYPE to transitional, I can get the gap to go away in both browsers, but obviously I’m trying to stay away from doing that. So.. what should I do?? Any thoughts or knowhow would be great. thanks! Here’s the code (as simple as it possibly could be):

    < !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "">

    Untitled 1

    top barParadise Coach Interiors

    margin:0; padding:0;


    font: 62.5% Verdana, sans-serif;
    background: #000000;

    width: 891px;
    margin: 0 auto;

    Hope this isn’t a dumb one.

    # April 25, 2008 at 10:47 am

    Sounds like maybe it’s the line break that is causing the gap. Try setting line-height: 0px; ?

    # April 25, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    The line break isn’t in there anymore, so that wasn’t doing it, but it was the line-height property. Thanks!

    # April 25, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    So I found out, in case anyone else runs across this problem, is that in standards-compliance mode, images are set to display as inline by default, which leaves a space underneath the image (the baseline underneath inline elements). Adding a img{display:block;} to your css will stop this from happening. Took me awhile to figure it out, and maybe it’s a no-brainer, but wanted to post my findings.

    # April 25, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Yep, you don’t need to implicitly have a <br /> tag to have a line-break, you’ll get one automatically when an inline element wraps down, hence the line-height fix.

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