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Re: Exposing the critical ACTUAL style values?

From: Ray Whitmer <rayw@netscape.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Dec 2002 20:08:32 -0800
Message-ID: <3DFD51C0.8040602@netscape.com>
To: Shelby Moore <shelby@coolpage.com>
CC: www-dom@w3.org, Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu>, Philippe Le Hegaret <plh@w3.org>

Shelby Moore wrote:

>After many years, apparently W3C DOM (thru Level 3) does not yet expose the
>actual rendered values for critical layout style such as left, top, width,
>height, and z-index:

>MORE IMPORTANTLY, it appears to be impossible to use exclusively W3C
>standards to create applications based on a browser engine, because there
>is no standard API to interact with the renderer/layout engine.  This seems
>like an extremely important issue for platform standards.  Now we have to
>choose between Mozilla or IE's proprietary APIs.  The former not well
>documented and not mature as a runtime environment, and the latter not
>cross-platform and open.
I lead the effort to try to produce such a standard for what I believe 
you are requesting.  Unfortunately, it did not have the backing of 
enough participants besides myself (not any that I can remember towards 
the end).

>IMHO, W3C is too silent about a core standard which will become a defacto
>proprietary standard otherwise.  Is this by design (i.e. W3C politics)??
>Apologies in advance if I have missed some DOM Activity on this matter.
>Hopefully I have demonstrated with links above, that I have researched this
>issue.  I start this to thread to collect the research (and replies to
>follow) from others.
>ALSO, there are the issues of exposing rendered selection, focus, and
>scrolling.  I started reading the Views and Formatting for CSS3 and
>appeared on cursory browse that these issues are not addressed??
It is an important issue, but until a lot of member companies take 
interest in the work that was done and left due to lack of interest, I 
do not see how it would move forwards.

Any outside companies or organizations are certainly free to work 
towards a standard either using the initial draft (very unproven and 
incomplete) or their own.

I agree with you 100%, but there isn't a lot that can be done until we 
have a group of companies interested in it.



Ray Whitmer
Received on Sunday, 15 December 2002 23:09:06 UTC

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