[thelist] [OT] Libel

Kevin Stevens kjs at ratking.co.uk
Thu May 24 13:29:41 CDT 2001

As I said earlier in the week, I've been away for a while so I don't know if
anyone has seen this, but it might be of interest to some of you (I had a
brief look in the archives and could find nothing about it). I subscribe to
the NTK newsletter and found this in my in-box when I returned. Apologies if
this is a wind up, and because I feel this is [OT] I have included a tip,
which is, I think (by my standards anyway), quite a good one :)

         There is, you should know, a statute of limitations on
         libel: in a nutshell, if it takes over a year for the
         alleged defamee to get around to suing you, then - well, it
         can't have been very important, can it? It's one of the
         precious few cast-iron defences you can have in British
         libel cases, and one you'd expect to be even more important
         in the ethereal ghoulie-ghosty world of the Net. Not so:
         last week, Justice Gray announced that The Times, who are
         supposed to have defamed Grigori Loutchansky in 1998, are
         repeatedly re-publishing the same article anew whenever
         anyone visits it on their Website, and thus can be sued
         until they be deade. And now you too can be sued forever
         over your archived Web content - unless you take it down the
         day it goes up.

<tip type="CSS" author="Kevin Stevens">
Much has been said recently on the List about using Style Sheets for text,
but did you know it can also be used for images? Rather than use complex
tables to position images and text you can set margins for the images using
CSS. For example, if you want a picture on the left hand side of the page
put this in your Style Sheet...

img.lhand {margin-left: 0em; margin-right: 1em; margin-top: 1em;
margin-bottom: 1em;}

and then add class="lhand" in your image tags. This means that the picture
will stay flush with the left hand side of the page while the text flows
neatly around it.


kjs at ratking.co.uk

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