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style sheets with ancient browsers

From: Hakon Lie <howcome@www10.w3.org>
Date: Sun, 12 Jan 1997 02:01:13 +0100 (MET)
Message-Id: <199701120101.CAA29621@www4.inria.fr>
To: "Joel N. Weber II" <nemo@koa.iolani.honolulu.hi.us>
Cc: www-style@www10.w3.org
Joel N. Weber, II writes:

 > The following example appears in section 1.1 of the CSS1 draft I'm 
 > looking at (a month or two old, but probably not changed from the current 
 > approved version)

You should get the latest draft -- which isn't a draft any longer but
a W3C Recommendation [1]. It states (more clearly than in the draft
you are using) that the section you refer to is informative, not

 >   <HEAD>
 >     <TITLE>title</TITLE>
 >     <LINK REL=STYLESHEET TYPE="text/css"
 >       HREF="http://style.com/cool" TITLE="Cool">
 >     <STYLE TYPE="text/css">
 >       @import url(http://style.com/basic);
 >       H1 { color: blue }
 >     </STYLE>
 >   </HEAD>
 > The documentation goes on to state that the style sheet specified with 
 > <STYLE> will always be used, while the one specified by <LINK> is an 
 > optional alternative.

Right. Since WD-style [2] is still a working draft, there is still
some time to discuss this. Many people think LINKed style sheets
should be applied automatically just like style sheets inside the
STYLE element. Therefore, a new value on LINK's REL attribute has been


This style sheet will not be applied automatically, but one with
REL=STYLESHEET will. The proposal seems equivalent to your proposal:

 > <LINK PRIORITY=alt .....>
 > <LINK PRIORITY=normal ...>

.. except we don't have to add a new attribute on LINK.

 > The problem is that primitive browsers (like old versions of Lynx) will 
 > display the stuff inside <STYLE>.  That seems wrong to me.  If the <LINK> 
 > and <STYLE> are equal, and I'm authoring a page, I'd use <LINK>.

The problem experienced with older browsers can be "fixed" with
enclosing the style sheet in an HTML comment:


But I would agree with you that LINK is preferable.

[1] http://www.w3.org/pub/WWW/TR/REC-CSS1
[2] http://www.w3.org/pub/WWW/TR/WD-style



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