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Re: How to tell the browser that <A> is a link. (nested was: Functional notations)

From: Ian Hickson <exxieh@bath.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 1998 22:20:32 +0100
Message-ID: <00ef01bd6ca3$e5ae0ce0$d120268a@hpxu>
To: Daniel Glazman <Daniel.Glazman@der.edf.fr>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
In a fit of wild imagination, I composed:
>>   ACRONYM.W3C { personality: hyperlink;
>>                 href: url(http://www.w3.org/); }
>>   Visit the <ACRONYM CLASS=W3C>W3C</ACRONYM> web
>>   site for all the answers.

And Daniel did answer:
>Right. Does it mean you can define let's say the SPROTCH element in a XML
>with no attribute list and say _through CSS 2_ it should act as a hyperlink

That's the idea (but I would say CSS3). Although SPROTCH would then be an
element of limited use, to be fair! using

   <!ATTLIST SPROTCH  uri  >


   SPROTCH { personality: hyperlink;
             href: attr(uri); }

would be much more useful (pardon the glaring errors in my pseudo XML DTD
thing here, I've only skimmed the XML spec).

>Hmmm. Is it really the purpose of a **Style** Sheet ?

I would say, yes.

Well let's see. Is there any way whatsoever of defining which element is a
link and which attribute defines the URI in XML or even SGML? Is there a way
of saying that <INPUT TYPE=checkbox> is a checkbox?

I am firmly of the opinion that this is very much within the scope of CSS
(3). At least as much within it's scope as counters and generated content
are within CSS2's scope (which I admit there could be some doubt about).

Ian Hickson
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