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Re: style sheets for Arena

From: William Perry <wmperry@spry.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 95 19:07 PDT
Message-Id: <m0srFJz-00005qC@monolith>
To: dsb@goldfinch.cs.duke.edu (Scott Bigham)
Cc: www-style@w3.org
Scott Bigham writes:
> >- There has not been much public disussion on the latest CSS
> >draft. [...]
> 
> Oh?  Well, there are a few comments I've been meaning to make, so if
> the list will indulge me, I'll take this opportunity.
> 
> >  - add support for user-selectable multiple style sheets through the
> >    TITLE attribute of the LINK element. Turning on/off various style
> >    sheets should be under the interactive control of the user.

> My main interest in multiple style sheets is that in the potential
> eventuality of multiple co-existing style sheet notations (which we now
> have, sort of, with the two existing versions of the CSS draft), page
> authors might write the same style information in multiple notations for
> maximum coverage.  It might be useful in that event to have a way to tell
> the rendering agent that "These three <LINK REL=STYLE>'s all contain the
> same information; once you've successfully parsed one of them, you can
> ignore the others."  It might also be useful to be able to identify the
> style sheet's notation in the <LINK> so that the rendering agent could
> easily skip style sheets in notations it couldn't parse.

  I would say this is the perfect place for HTTP content negotiation. When
emacs-w3 requests a stylesheet, it only sends the Accept headers:

Accept: application/stylesheet ; notation=experimental
Accept: application/stylesheet ; notation=w3c-style
Accept: application/stylesheet ; notation=css
Accept: application/stylesheet ; notation=dsssl-lite

-Bill P.
Received on Saturday, 9 September 1995 12:26:29 GMT

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