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Re: comments on 2002-12-12 XHTML 2.0 WD

From: Tim Bagot <tsb-w3-html-0006@earth.li>
Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2002 19:26:31 +0000 (UTC)
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At 2002-12-18T16:54+0200, Mikko Rantalainen wrote:-

> Daniel Glazman wrote:

> > 9. Link types should allow "icon" for rel/rev. That's proposed by

> I'm not sure how aural browsers should render the icon but I think we
> need to provide similar support for those too.

The site designer could choose to provide another icon of audio/* type; an
aural browser might render such icons when presenting a list of pages to
the user (whether for bookmarks, buffer selection, history, etc.). It
could even be served from the same URI, using content negotiation,
avoiding the need for an extra link element on every page.  Therefore all
that is required is that the specification be written so as not to
preclude the use of icons that are not images.

It is however not entirely clear to me that icons do not belong in style
sheets - they are, after all, essentially entirely presentational. On the
face of it, icons of this sort do not fit into the CSS framework
particularly well, as they seem applicable only to whole pages (or usually
collections of pages), whereas CSS would tend to allow an icon to be
suggested for any element(s) in a document; OTOH it is certainly not
impossible to envisage ways in which icons for elements within a document
might be used (e.g. an automatically generated outline).


Tim Bagot
Received on Wednesday, 18 December 2002 15:10:41 GMT

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