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Huge problem with HTML40 stylesheet

From: L. David Baron <dbaron@fas.harvard.edu>
Date: Sat, 27 Feb 1999 10:39:38 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <199902271539.KAA23681@login5.fas.harvard.edu>
To: www-html-editor@w3.org
Cc: dbaron@fas.harvard.edu
There is, as was pointed out on www-html recently, a huge problem with
the stylesheet in REC-html40:

http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/style/default.css

On BODY, color and background-color are specified, but no link colors
are given.  This means if a user has a light-on-dark color scheme, the
links can easily disappear, since the light-colored links from the
user's color scheme will appear on a white background.  You need:

A:link { color: blue; }
A:visited { color: purple; }
A:active { color: red; }

or something like that to appear before the rulesets for a.normref and
a.informref.

If this requires issuing a new version of the spec (although I don't
think it should), I think it should be done.  W3C should be setting a
good example on how to use stylesheets.  (And yes, I do bug the
stylesheet people about their pages not validating.)

David Baron
Received on Saturday, 27 February 1999 10:39:40 GMT

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