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Re: UI WD (compliant browser)

From: Tantek «elik <tantek@cs.stanford.edu>
Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2000 05:14:47 -0800
To: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
Message-id: <0FQ800IK2CT7FP@mta1.snfc21.pbi.net>
Matthew Brealey wrote:

> The fact is that neither Netscape nor Internet Explorer will ever fully
> comply with the spec

Now that's a little harsh don't you think?  There are many engineers working
very hard and getting very little sleep in the process of fixing their code to
be both more compliant and more functional through new innovations.  Give them
some benefit of the doubt.

> - as long as there are millions of pages with CSS
> like this:
> #menu0hider {position:absolute; left:5; top:295; z-index:201;
> visibility:visible; width:92px;}

It is true that unit-less values for left and top are not valid CSS, but that
means the content/webpage is not compliant - not the browser.

> , neither Netscape nor Microsoft will release a compliant browser.

That statement makes the assumption that a browser cannot simultaneously be
compliant and handle legacy uncompliant content.

That assumption will be proved invalid by counter-example within a month.

Received on Sunday, 20 February 2000 08:15:34 UTC

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