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Re: CSS grammar/syntax

From: Tim Diggins <tim.diggins@teamworks.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 04:47:56 -0500 (EST)
Message-ID: <NCBBIDBJCLAMNMNOJEFPGEHBDOAA.tim.diggins@teamworks.co.uk>
To: <www-style@w3.org>

Just reading over the archives... and found this message;

> It's a good thing that some characters are not part of identifiers, so
> that they can be used in future extensions of CSS without breaking
> backwards compatibility.

I have to respond to this idea that "backwards compatibility" is even
possible by looking just at the specs, and not at how IE/Nav interpret the
code.

There is a real danger of ivory-towerism here. Can't we realise that the
browser-writers (MS, Net, and others) are really in the driver's seat here
(I speak from the point of view of a design agency, here) - whatever they
(and the 90% of the viewing market they command currently) show - goes, as
far as designers and their clients are concerned, not what the
intentions/rules of w3c are (no matter how good those intentions).

Just my point of view - but you'd probably find that those in service
companies have a strong leaning that way.

best

Tim


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From: "L. David Baron" <dbaron@fas.harvard.edu>
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2000 15:30:55 -0400 (EDT)
Message-Id: <200007101930.PAA31965@is02.fas.harvard.edu>
To: jonathan.beales@progeny.net, www-style@w3c.org
Subject: Re:  CSS grammar/syntax

Underscores are allowed within element names.  They just aren't allowed
to be unescaped within identifiers.  If you want to write CSS rules to
match XML element names with underscores, then you must escape the
underscores:

elem\_with\_underscores {
  color: red;
}

It's a good thing that some characters are not part of identifiers, so
that they can be used in future extensions of CSS without breaking
backwards compatibility.

-David

L. David Baron        <URL: http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~dbaron/ >
Rising Junior, Harvard                           Summer Intern, Netscape
dbaron@fas.harvard.edu                               dbaron@netscape.com
Received on Monday, 13 November 2000 05:37:40 GMT

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