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Re: !important

From: Al Gilman <asgilman@iamdigex.net>
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 10:36:50 -0400
Message-Id: <200104101436.KAA9793208@smtp2.mail.iamworld.net>
To: "Jim Tobias" <tobias@inclusive.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
At 09:28 AM 2001-04-10 -0400, Jim Tobias wrote:
>Hi All,
>No, that subject line was not a way to make you read this message, nor
>can I offer you any income enhancement....
>It's about the "important" tag in CSS.  As I understand it, it's the
>last refuge of a designer who doesn't want a user's style sheet to override
>the design.  This would seem to jeopardize accessibility.
>1. Am I right about "important" -- does it override a user's style sheet?

In CSS1, yes.  In CSS2, no.  We got this straightened out in CSS2.  From CSS2
forward a !important from the user takes precedence over a !important from the


>2. Is there a client-side antidote?
>3. Is this tag actually being used a lot?
>4. Is there a WAI strategy for this, at least in outreach?
>Jim Tobias
>Inclusive Technologies
>732.441.0831 v/tty
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