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Re: Issue 1: Font-weight and headings

From: Chris Lilley <Chris.Lilley@sophia.inria.fr>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 16:45:29 +0200 (MET)
Message-Id: <9707281645.ZM15608@grommit.inria.fr>
To: Liam Quinn <liam@htmlhelp.com>, www-style@w3.org
On Jul 27,  7:25pm, Liam Quinn wrote:

> At 03:42 PM 27/07/97 -0700, Todd Fahrner wrote:

> >Right. So what do y'all say we harness some of the smarts and energy here
> >to produce an exhaustively-specified "default" stylesheet for all HTML 4
> >elements?
> I'm not sure that all elements used should have all (applicable) CSS
> properties set.  An exhaustive style sheet would override all (non-
> !important) user styles, which seems to go against the idea of Cascading
> Style Sheets.

If the stylesheet is textually included, yes. If it is @import'ed, not
necessarily. If it is @import'ed and all the rules are of low specificity,
it could be very useful.

That means no #id (unlikely anyway) no class (ditto) and only a single
tag name in each selector. And no !important, obviously. And relative font
sizes, in ems, with BODY set to 1 em.

> As an author, I don't want to have to decide every single style for the
> user.  There are some properties that the user is able to decide better
> than me.

Yes, that is true.

> >Not a "designery" one, but one representing typical
> >out-of-the-box rendering of all HTML elements in the dominant browsers.
> >We'll know we're done when we can't tell whether it's being appled or not
> >(assuming correct CSS implementations, of course, and no changes to user
> >settings).
> Then what we're doing is trying to defeat the cascade.

I think not. Rather, the aim seems to be to start the cascade from a known

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