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Re: LINK'ed style sheets

From: Michael Seaton <mseaton@pobox.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Jun 96 18:34:33 GMT
Message-Id: <199606161828.OAA19327@mail.inforamp.net>
To: www-style@w3.org
> In MS IE 3.0 beta 1, a style sheet referenced through the LINK element 
> will automatically be applied to a document. However, according to
                                                        ^^^^^^^^^ ^^ 
> the specification, the LINK element should be used to refer to 
  ^^^ ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> alternative style sheets that the user can select. If you style sheets to 
> be automatically applied, the @import .. construct within the 
> STYLE element is better: 

Here is the actual wording:

: Authors can use LINK elements to offer readers a choice of style sheets, 
: e.g: 

:  <LINK TITLE="Old" REL=stylesheet HREF="old.style" TYPE="application/dsssl">

:  <LINK TITLE="New" REL=stylesheet HREF="new.style" TYPE="application/rtf">
:  <LINK TITLE="Wacky" REL=stylesheet HREF="wacky.style" TYPE="text/css">

Nowhere does it say that <STYLE> *must* be used for a style sheet to be 
automatically applied.  I also feel it would be foolish to insist on this, as 
<STYLE> results in the style sheet appearing as gibberish at the start of the 
page on browsers that do not support it, while <LINK rel=stylesheet> is simply 

Michael Seaton (mseaton@inforamp.net)
Received on Sunday, 16 June 1996 14:34:35 UTC

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