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Re: a new value for <title> and other meta tags

From: Joanne Hunter <jrhunter@menagerie.tf>
Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2002 16:55:35 -0400
To: www-html@w3.org
Message-Id: <20020823165535.78ca6fdc.jrhunter@menagerie.tf>

The following text was discovered Friday 23 August 2002 in a note
attributed to one "Gabriele Fava <gabriele.fava@tiscalinet.it>":

> CSS should not modify the page contents. CSS means Cascading *Style 
> Sheets*; it is intended to separate presentation from structure, it's 
> not tolerable the possibility to wreck a document changing or disabling 
> its style sheet. These tasks can be easily and gracefully performed by 
> server-side scripts or, for particular needings, by client-side
> ECMAScript. I think that also several uses for :after and :before, how
> handy soever they may be, should be performed by scripts.

I disagree. Text can be added that is intended only for static presentation
(such as the pseudo-XHTML code I put on my personal site - it isn't
meaningful content; its only purpose is to simulate the look of a raw HTML
document); this would be within the realm of stylesheets. A script would be
overkill for such a purpose - the pseudo-XHTML isn't going to dynamically
change based on user interaction.

Of course, this makes pseudoclasses like :hover into gray areas...

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Received on Friday, 23 August 2002 17:01:40 UTC

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