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why is html the containing element


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If you check out the following code, you'll see that the div is positioned absolutely. This positioning is relative to the contiaining block. I would think that the body is the containing block, but its not. Html is the container. Why isn't body the container?

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"		   "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd"><html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><head><style type="text/css">		html {border: 1px solid red; color:aqua;}		body {border: 1px solid black; color:aqua;}		#content {		   position: absolute;		   left: 100px;		   top: 50px;		   border: 1px dotted red;		   }</style><title>working with style</title></head><body><div id="content"><h1>The Black Cat</h1><h2>By Edgar Allen Poe</h2><p>I married early, and was <a href="http://www.poemuseum.org/">happy to find</a>in my wife a disposition not uncongenial with my own. Observing my partiality fordomestic pets, she lost no opportunity of procuring those of the most agreeablekind. We had birds, gold fish, a fine dog, rabbits, a small monkey, and a cat.</p><p>This latter was a <a href="http://www.poemuseum.org/">remarkably</a> large andbeautiful animal, entirely black, and sagacious to an astonishing degree. Inspeaking of his intelligence, my wife, who at heart was not a little tincturedwith superstition, made frequent allusion to the ancient popular notion, whichregarded all black cats as witches in disguise. Not that she was ever seriousupon this point - and I mention the matter at all for no better reason than thatit happens, just now, to be remembered.</p></div></body></html>

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Well I'd have to see what the site looks like, but I'm assuming that the author wants every element with a border to have the border specified.Actually, nvm. I don't know, usually I specify things using body or some other indentifier, not the html. Good question.

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