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Re: Another pseudo-element gotcha

From: Jon Bosak <bosak@atlantic-83.Eng.Sun.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 1997 15:55:22 -0700
Message-Id: <199704142255.PAA05071@boethius.eng.sun.com>
To: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
[Peter Flynn:]

| >Anyone who uses tree-walking-by-number-alone to point to stuff on the
| >Web has rocks in their head.  It may be possible occasionally, to
| >count typed nodes (e.g. the fourth chapter), but just counting nodes,
| >or levels in the tree, is guaranteed, I repeat guaranteed, to fail,
| >in a high proportion of cases. 
| 
| Emperor's new clothes. I always wondered how it was supposed to work
| when so many documents are either dynamically constructed, or in a
| constant state of revision.

It works beautifully with documents that are read-only.  Not all the
documents that will be on the Web are as evanescent as the ones that
dominate right now.  Terry Allen has pointed to religious works; how
about, say, the Statutes of the Realm?

Jon
Received on Monday, 14 April 1997 18:55:46 EDT

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