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Re: CSS1 and tables

From: David Perrell <davidp@earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 1997 16:49:22 -0700
To: "Chris Wilson (PSD)" <cwilso@MICROSOFT.com>, <www-style@w3.org>
Message-ID: <01bcd2b2$7822f5e0$9911d9cf@davidp>
Chris Wilson wrote:

>Unfortunately (and believe me, I do mean "unfortunately"), legacy
>rendering disagrees with you quite strongly.  Try loading this in any
>version of Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer:
><B>This is bold.
>This is not bold.
>This is bold again.

I knew that worked with FONT, but thought it was illegal HTML. If that's the
legacy you chose not to support, I'd commend your forward-thinking strategy.
Inheritance gets crazy without hierarchical containment.

I suspect you are right about large numbers of sites with tables -- and much
else -- enclosed in a <FONT> element. But that legacy behavior was never
standardized. By not supporting inheritance of an ancestor's font properties
into a table, you appear to be rejecting both the CSS1 inheritance model and
the HTML specification in favor of support for non-standard legacy behavior.

'Legacy behavior' sounds nice, but the legacy of the last few years of HTML
development is a gaggle of inconsistent and unrelated elements. Please don't
corrupt the CSS inheritance model with 'exceptional' support for vestigial
perversions. Bite the bullet and cut the crap.

David Perrell
Received on Monday, 6 October 1997 19:54:12 UTC

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