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How can I apply CSS to badly written HTML???

Posted on 2008-06-26
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Is there a way, on my Style Sheet, to tell the browser to apply my CSS styles to HTML that is badly formed??

I have a client who must, at times, write and post his own HTML. Unfortunately the best description of his code is "WIlly Nilly" ! Biggest problem is lack of use of <p> tags, closing tags, using closing tags where opening tags should be.

So how can I specify in CSS that "Willy Nilly" text (OK -- text with paragraph tags around it) will be formatted the same as I specify for <p> tags??



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by:JurgenvH
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You could search the posted (Willy Nilly) text for new lines and explode on every double new line. Each array element of the result can then be saved with paragraph-tags around it.
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by:Spitfire6
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Thanks for the response JurgenVH! That would seem very complicated. I have thought about writing a routine that would solve on of this guy's other bad habits, That of including mile long text links ("link text" ??) that causes Mozilla browsers to widen out.

But, There has to be a CSS specification that will apply a style to what is essentially text not enclosed in an HTML tag.

I just fooled around with the code attached added to my style sheet. Caused everything on a correctly written page to go Gigantic. I think it applied the style below IN ADDITION TO the style specified -- resulting in increased text sixe.
*P{font-family: "Franklin Gothic Medium";
	font-size: 105%;
	font-weight: normal;
	color: #000000;}

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by:JurgenvH
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And the asterix declarations work in other browsers than IE?
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by:Spitfire6
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Please note that the "P" after the asterisk was a typo.

No, the same thing happed in Firefox.
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JurgenvH earned 50 total points
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Sorry, didin't get the typo...
I never heard of the asterix as declaration of its own but probably its some kind of default for unstyled text or body text because only my bodytext gets supersized.
So I you could use it but since it is a default you'd have to catch all you Willy Nilly text with that same declaration.
If you don't want that, my first solution is still a possibility...
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