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Re: CSS and HTML head elements

From: gordon <gordon@quartz.gly.fsu.edu>
Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2000 06:43:07 -0800
Message-ID: <000901bf6a67$28cf1920$5c5d0418@vista1.sdca.home.com>
To: "www-style" <www-style@w3.org>
Isn't the traditional 'other mechanism' the view [page] source option?  It
might be convenient to have view head or view body available, however, most
users aren't too interested in the contents of the head section of a
document.

In XHTML the display would depend on the nature of the UA.  If it's intended
to be an HTML UA, a.k.a., a web browser, then HTML rules apply.  Should the
intent be a tool for editing/viewing XML, then XML rules apply. [My
interpretation, FWIW, of C.13.5 of XHTML 1.0 recommendation.]

later,
gordon

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jonny Axelsson" <jonny@metastasis.net>
To: "www-style" <www-style@w3.org>
Sent: Saturday, January 29, 2000 5:49 AM
Subject: CSS and HTML head elements


| I have a question, how should this HTML page be displayed?
|
| <title>Example displaying the STYLE element</title>
| <style>
| style {background-color: #FF3333; visibility: visible; display:block;}
| </style>
| <body style="background-color: #33CC33;">
| <p>This is the body.</p>
|
|
|
| I think it should be displayed as:
|
| style {background-color: #FF3333; visibility: visible; display:block;}
| This is the body.
|
|
|
| There is nothing I could find in the CSS standards that prohibit the
| display of HEAD elements. The HTML 4.01 standard, sect. 7.4.1 states:
|
| The HEAD element contains information about the current document, such as
| its title, keywords that may be useful to search engines, and other data
| that is not considered document content. **User agents do not generally
| render elements that appear in the HEAD as content.** They may, however,
| make information in the HEAD available to users through other mechanisms.
|  [my emphasis]
|
|
|
| Neither Opera 3.60 nor Internet Explorer 5.0 displays the style element.
| Should they? Furthermore, if they shouldn't display head elements, what
| about XHTML? There is nothing magical in XML about HEAD, STYLE, TITLE or
| SCRIPT (META, BASE and LINK are empty elements).
|
|
| Curiously yours,
| Jonny Axelsson
| Net asset
|
|
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