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Re: Clip & shaped borders + error/ambiguity in spec

From: Matthew Brealey <thelawnet@yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 1999 03:43:15 -0800 (PST)
Message-ID: <19991103114315.13467.rocketmail@web903.mail.yahoo.com>
To: Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org>
Cc: www-style <www-style@w3.org>
--- Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org> wrote:
> My proposal:
> 
> clip: url(url-for-some-shape.svg)

Three problems:

1. A CSS based syntax would enjoy much better takeup
than one that requires authors to learn (yet another)
standard.

2. UAs would be required to implement scalable vector
graphic support for all but non-trivial use of clip.
CSS would be heavily dependent on another standard.

3. External svgs impose performance constraints.

The only remedy for this is to allow embedding of svgs
(and possibly other standards). E.g.,

@type "image/svg" NameToReference {
SVG here
}

This would be referred to by clip: type("image/svg", NameToReference)

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