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Re: style sheets with ancient browsers

From: Steve Knoblock <knoblock@worldnet.att.net>
Date: Sun, 12 Jan 1997 14:38:39 -0500
Message-Id: <2.2.32.19970112193839.006ee548@postoffice.worldnet.att.net>
To: Hakon Lie <howcome@www10.w3.org>, "Joel N. Weber II" <nemo@koa.iolani.honolulu.hi.us>
Cc: www-style@www10.w3.org
Hakon,
since MSIE 3.0 was released without any other way but <link> to apply a
single style sheet to many pages, early adopters need a solution like this
for backward compatibility. I endorse this proposal and way of interpreting
rel=stylesheet as being applied automatically. I would expect that if a
<style> section was present that it would take precedence over such a link.

On the other hand, when we do finally have @import implemented widely most
people will want to use that instead of <link>. The cascade of multiple
imported styles should be more workable than one big stylesheet from my
experience. An example is where you want each document to have a distinct
style of its own contained in a <style> section but need to have a site-wide
navigation aid (say a table of links) on every page. You really need the
imported cascade for this IMHO.

Thanks

Steve

>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
>suggested:
>
>  <LINK REL=ALT-STYLESHEET HREF="..">
>
>This style sheet will not be applied automatically, but one with
>REL=STYLESHEET will. The proposal seems equivalent to your proposal:
>
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