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[RC6] display-applies-to-001 and 002 are worthless

From: Gérard Talbot <css21testsuite@gtalbot.org>
Date: Sun, 11 Mar 2012 22:07:28 -0400
Message-ID: <f5bd2288d4569edd8b2a62f877c69ba3.squirrel@ed-sh-cp3.entirelydigital.com>
To: "Arron Eicholz" <arron.eicholz@microsoft.com>
Cc: "Public CSS test suite mailing list" <public-css-testsuite@w3.org>
Hello,

[RC6]
http://test.csswg.org/suites/css2.1/20110323/html4/display-applies-to-001.htm

[nightly-unstable]
http://test.csswg.org/suites/css2.1/nightly-unstable/html4/display-applies-to-001.htm

[RC6]
http://test.csswg.org/suites/css2.1/20110323/html4/display-applies-to-002.htm

[nightly-unstable]
http://test.csswg.org/suites/css2.1/nightly-unstable/html4/display-applies-to-002.htm

In my opinion, as coded, those 2 tests have no relevance, no usefulness
and no value. They will be passed by non-CSS-capable browsers, by text
browsers, by buggy browsers. They will be passed if/when CSS support is
disabled.

I do not know of a single browser which does not set an "a" element as
inline in its own user agent stylesheet. Unknown elements are by default
styled as inline anyway.

Realistically speaking, those 2 tests can not fail.

I have proposed a replacement back in september and october 2010:

http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-css-testsuite/2010Sep/0161.html

http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-css-testsuite/2010Oct/0020.html

http://www.gtalbot.org/BrowserBugsSection/css21testsuite/display-applies-to-002.htm

Furthermore, lots of web authors out there have been trying to create
columnar layouts for their sites in which an intra-site navigation list
or intra-site-section navigation list would be rendered by styling <li>
elements (and also 'a' elements) with 'display: block' (vertical
navigation menu), sometimes with 'display: table-cell', or with
'display: inline' (horizontal navigation) and zero or more levels of
nestedness. Several web authoring tutorials are about achieving just
that.

Gérard
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