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Re: [XHTML2] Comments on WD 5

From: Ernest Cline <ernestcline@mindspring.com>
Date: Wed, 21 May 2003 17:48:10 -0400
To: www-html@w3.org
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Toby A Inkster wrote:

> On Wed, May 21, 2003 at 11:08:55AM -0400, Ernest Cline wrote:
> | is there any need to keep the <link> mechanism for accessing external 
> | style sheets?  Eliminating it from XHTML2 would allow the media 
> | attribute to be removed from the link element.
> 
> Media is a useful attribute in non-CSS links too:
> 
> <link rel="alternative" media="print" href="foobar.ps"
>  title="Foo Bar (Printable Version)"/>

By that argument, media should be an attribute in the Hypertext 
Attribute Collection, which it is not.  Historically, the media 
attribute has been used only for the purpose of indicating which media 
a stylesheet applies to.  Using media to indicate which media a generic 
link applies to as in <a href="screen.html" media="screen.projection"> 
<a href="aural.html" media="aural">example</a></a> might be useful to  
allow a user agent to link to particular content but would require two 
things in my opinion.  One is for XHTML2 to explicitly define the order 
in which nested hrperlinks are to be polled.  Another is the need for 
at least one additional media type for browsers that can handle rich 
multimedia content.  The only media type that covers multimedia, tv, 
has the assumption that the device is essentially the WebTV appliance 
with its low resolution and limited scrolling capability.
Received on Wednesday, 21 May 2003 17:50:00 GMT

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