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#1 spyke01

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Posted 23 July 2006 - 08:00 AM

i am redesigning my current site with more css and JS, and wanted to see what the big difference is between ems and pxs. is there a way to make  1em=1px? the reason i ask is because i like the control i have with pxs, if i cant make them the same, or its not a good idea, then can someone help me with this:

Ok we have this box:
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It is 900px wide, the left column is 200px and the right 700px, we want 2px padding all the way around, so our css is like this:
#box {
     width: 900px;
     padding: 0px;
     margin: 0px;

#left-col {
     width: 196px;
     padding: 2px;

#right-col {
     width: 696px;
     padding: 2px;

how does this relate in terms to ems if our default text is this:
body {
	font-family: Helvetica, Tahoma, Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;
	font-size: 12px;

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#2 AndyB

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Posted 23 July 2006 - 08:15 AM

http://www.clagnut.com/blog/348/ explains in considerable detail as well as addressing your (type) of problem.  One em is the width of the letter M (hence the name).
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