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Re: CSS and Eccentric Poems.

From: Ka-Ping Yee <s-ping@orange.cv.tottori-u.ac.jp>
Date: Thu, 04 Jul 1996 20:52:20 +0900
Message-Id: <31DBB074.735F9B1B@sse.tottori-u.ac.jp>
To: Stephanos Piperoglou <stephanos@hol.gr>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
Stephanos Piperoglou wrote:
> 
> The "problem" as I see it is that, even in light of CSS1 implementation,
> there is no tag that has NO other purpose other than applying a style to a
> selection. Styles can only be applied to phrase markup and block elements
> that ALREADY carry a meaning of sorts. When this is content markup, all's
> fine and dandy.

And that's what it should be.  CLASS assigns a more specific shade of
meaning to a marked-up piece of text.  If you need to assign a meaning
that doesn't fit with any existing structural element, then you can use SPAN.

> What we should have is simply a tag (something like FORMAT or RENDER) which
> only has one attribute: CLASS.

If my understanding is correct, i think you have missed the point.

The purpose of CLASS should go far beyond just applying stylesheets.
CLASS *is* content markup, and you should be able to hook in lots of things
besides stylesheets (as well as choosing among different stylesheets for
different preferences or different media).


Ping
Received on Thursday, 4 July 1996 08:00:08 GMT

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