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Re: Backwards compatibility of new selectors

From: Neil St.Laurent <neil@bigpic.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 1997 09:16:55 -0600
Message-Id: <199712051607.JAA01836@underworld.bigpic.com>
To: "David Perrell" <davidp@earthlink.net>
CC: "Style" <www-style@w3.org>
> Sequential selectors have the following syntax: a forward slash
> ("/") precedes the first selector and immediately follows the second
> selector. The sequential selector matches if (1) the element matched
> by the second selector is the first such element to follow any
> element matched by the first selector and (2) both elements have the
> same parent..

That would make more sense, but then we definitely have a confusion 
as to which is more appropriate:

/H1 P/


/H1 //P//

Would would appear to mean the same thing with your change to the 
selector semantics.
I'm sure somebody would kill me if I suggested a more XSL like syntax 
for selectors at this point... :)

I'm thinking maybe we should let the guys who wrote the standard mull 
over this selector issue and get back to us on either a clarified or 
a modified proposal.  

The current system will work, and we already have the algorithms to 
do work to process and assign styles based on selectors, but I'll 
admit there is possibly a bit of confusion and a bit of redundancy in 
the syntax.

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