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Re: draft-ietf-html-style-00.txt & class as a general selector

From: Gavin Nicol <gtn@ebt.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Dec 1995 10:43:42 -0500
Message-Id: <199512081543.KAA19881@ebt-inc.ebt.com>
To: lilley@afs.mcc.ac.uk
Cc: cwilso@microsoft.com, www-style@w3.org
>> LI,B=4           ; All <B> elements that are the 4th <B> to occur
>>                    within an <LI>
>> LI=2,B=1         ; The first <B> inside the second <LI> in the
>>                    document
>These look fragile. They may suit the purposes of TEI, but the stylesheet
>breaks if I add an intervening element. For dynamic documents that are
>often revised, this looks like a problem.

Anything based on positioning within a tree is fragile, and in such
cases, it would be better to hook the style onto an attribute, or
through a more general name like "LI,B" (which references a class of
<B> elements). That does not mean they are not useful though.

I think you'll find that in the general case, people will not use such
things anyway. In EBT's DynaText, for example, it is *very* rare to see
people setting a style for one particular element, even though it is
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