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Re: Preview: CSS1 Test Suite

From: Eric A. Meyer <emeyer@sr71.lit.cwru.edu>
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 1998 12:05:14 -0500
Message-Id: <v03102805b14eb88a0707@[]>
To: www-style@w3.org
>A herculean effort! This grand idea will go a long way to helping Web
>authors and vendors boost CSS support. Bravo!

   Thank yew, thank yew.  (It wasn't all my work, of course.  For more
details on giving credit/blame where it's due, please read the 'brief
history' page, which I just gave a skeleton outline of who did what.)

>A general suggestion I have is that the test area of each page include
>*every single HTML tag* with the CSS rule applied. I know this is a lot of
>work, but it's not enough to know, for example, that text-align works on
>text. Does it work on IMG? TABLE? EMBED? Well, anyway, you see what I mean.

   This is something I considered early on, and while I haven't rejected it
outright, I dropped it in favor of getting *something* out the door this
year.  However, I'm certainly in favor of adding particularly relevant tags
to individual tests... especially those which expose problems in current
   You bring up an interesting example, by the way:  should 'text-align'
have ANY effect on an image, which after all is not text?  Yes, I know the
answer, but hopefully you see my point.  Each tag-test would have to be
worded appropriately, for every property.  While this may happen over time,
it almost certainly isn't going to happen in the next two months.

>Also, on each page, a link to the corresponding section of the spec would
>be nice.

   This is in the works.  It didn't make the initial cut because I'm still
playing with ways of doing this.  My two thoughts so far were to link from
the title-- not necessarily intuitive-- or adding a "[Spec]" link, which
isn't much more obvious.  Hopefully someone can propose a better idea;
otherwise, I'll probably end up using the latter.

                                   -- EMeyer

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