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Chapter 12. Forms > Affecting the Appearance of Forms

12.6. Affecting the Appearance of Forms

Form elements are automatically rendered by the browser, giving the designer little control over the appearance of the controls themselves. Not surprisingly, the same element may be rendered slightly differently on different browsers and platforms (see Table 12.2).

To make things even more interesting, Netscape will resize form elements containing text (text fields, text areas, and scrolling lists) when the constant width font is resized in the browser preferences. So, if a user's fonts are set to 18 points, a <textarea> could suddenly become huge, and exceed the space you've allotted. Like many things on the Web, the way your forms will look is somewhat unpredictable.


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