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Re: RDF and CSS - was last calls for css3-background, css3-fonts, css21

From: Sean B. Palmer <sean@mysterylights.com>
Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2002 19:00:59 +0100
Message-ID: <00fd01c23985$65c15d80$0b570150@localhost>
To: <wai-xtech@w3.org>, "Al Gilman" <asgilman@iamdigex.net>

> I believe that the leading-candidate method of applying the RDF which
> associates a description of the background is not by reference via
> CSS path into the CSS at all but by the URI of the first-class web
> object that the CSS processor binds as background to some base-language
> element.

Yep; I was thinking about applying the RDF solution more broadly, i.e. by
extending it to annotate other bits of style (why I chose this background
color: what it means, where I derived the style from, what date I updated
this particular rule, why this bit doesn't work in a particular browser,
etc.). In doing so, and because I'm a metahead and forgot to KIS (S!), I
forgot about just talking about a particular image being used as a
background. I guess that the "background-longdesc" property could easily
point off to some XML/RDF as much as it could point to some further HTML.

> > As for "associate td.header with a standard  h2", I'm not 100%
> > sure what you mean, but I think you're in the realm of CSS
> > pre-processing.
> Pre-processing, but not necessarily CSS pre-processing.
> Perhaps XSLT pre-processing.  One application is to generate a new
> base-language syntax tree for an NN4-compatible view of the page.
> I don't believe that CSS will do that for you.

You'd have to run the majority of pages through Tidy before you could do
anything with XSLT, of course. I'm still not quite sure what Lisa (or you)
mean, to be quite honest. Most of the problems in NN4's display of HTML+CSS
is in the CSS engine's inability to do anything correctly. Changing the
HTML structure is not going to fix it, unless you take out all of the class
hooks or something.

I was thinking that she means "using the browser's built in h2 style for
all td.header selected elements", which would go beyond simple
pre-processing, in fact, requiring knowledge of the browser's built in
style sheet.

Kindest Regards,
Sean B. Palmer
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Received on Thursday, 1 August 2002 14:01:04 UTC

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