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Re: CSS vs. transitional markup [was: No Subject]

From: Douglas Rand <drand@sgi.com>
Date: Mon, 04 Aug 1997 10:19:43 -0400
Message-ID: <33E5E4FF.167E@sgi.com>
To: David Perrell <davidp@earthlink.net>
CC: www-style@w3.org
David Perrell wrote:
> How are inline CSS STYLE declarations handled? Seems to me the only
> difference between CSS and HTML inline declarations is that one has
> maximum precedence and the other minimum. Both are valid only within
> the specific element instance in which they're declared. Once effective
> attributes are resolved, trumped ones are discarded. Couldn't this be
> done in one parse of the document, once the effective stylesheet is
> resolved?

Not the way it's been defined.  That's the problem.  They did this
nasty thing in the definition you posted - they placed the properties
*between* the UA and the author's stylesheet.  I'm not convinced that
elements like FONT can even work with that definition.  It looks to me
as if *any* font-family property will turn off FONT FACE, or font-size
turns off FONT SIZE,  even if the properties are for a parent element, 
e.g. BODY or HTML.  Other properties,  like text-align,  are much less
problematic because they won't necessarily appear in the UA's style
> If you're doing dynamic HTML, don't you need an attribute structure for
> each instance of each element?

We don't do dynamic HTML yet,  but I do keep a full document structure
which has all the attributes for every element.  I've thought a bit
about how to handle dynamic property changes,  but not for this release.

Doug Rand				drand@sgi.com
Silicon Graphics/SSO			http://reality.sgi.com/drand
Disclaimer: These are my views,  SGI's views are in 3D
Received on Monday, 4 August 1997 10:19:54 UTC

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