Re: For the future - requests for the W3C

Walter Ian Kaye (
Mon, 13 May 1996 16:45:07 -0700

Message-Id: <v02140b12adbd7473a543@[]>
Date: Mon, 13 May 1996 16:45:07 -0700
From: (Walter Ian Kaye)
Subject: Re: For the future - requests for the W3C

At 3:36p 05/13/96, MegaZone wrote:

>>   <HR> may keep its Netscapish attributes, but should also
>>allow SRC= to produce custom rules on graphical browsers,
>>which decay to standard horizontal rules on the non-graphical.
>I'd like to see it be able to repeat an image end to end to fill
>the percentage set, so you can specify a tiny image to dl once that
>will draw a line, like a link in a chain to draw a chain.  But I
>suppose this would require some kind of REPEAT=#, so it is probably
>too much.

Here's what I came up with some months back:

-----begin self-quote

Currently, an <IMG> used as a horizontal rule must be at least as wide as
the window to span it, but if it a "repeating" image (like a dotted line or
a rainbow) then it is inefficient. Specifying a width of 100% would
probably scale, but what if I want it to be clipped/tiled instead of

For example, if I have an image like


it would scale to

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

However, I want it instead to tile to


At first I was thinking

  <HR SRC="../gifs/dotted-line.gif" Resize-Method=tile>

But would probably be better as

  <HR SRC="../gifs/dotted-line.gif" WIDTH="100%" HSCALE=no>

The reason I think this should be handled in HTML rather than via a style
sheet is that the default width for a plain <HR> line is 100% of the
window, unlike an <IMG> whose default width is that of the graphic itself.

-----end self-quote

>What *is* the real reason underlining hasn't been added?  It has
>been around for a long time now.

I don't know-- but from a typographic point of view, underlining should be
used *only* when an italic font is not available. This is why <I></I> text
comes out as underlined in Lynx (uhhh, Fote, I'm guessing!).


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