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Re: activel inks?

From: Tim Bagot <tsb-w3-style-0003@earth.li>
Date: Fri, 6 Jul 2001 20:27:17 +0000 (UTC)
To: <www-style@w3.org>
cc: AMollah <am@freephone.fsnet.co.uk>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.33.0107061959360.1183-100000@windle.hack>
At 2001-07-04T22:04-0400, AMollah wrote:-

> There are also all the different types of url (ftp, mailto, https etc) where
> it might aid navigation if css could be used to differentiate them. ""

This you certainly can [sc. will be able to] do, provided that you aren't
going to be serving the same style sheet under different URI schemes, or
that you use only absolute URIs. E.g.: [href^="ftp:"]. In fact, in simple
cases, you can even use this to distinguish between absolute and relative
URIs, and therefore between "internal" and "external" links. (I am not
arguing that this is a nice way to do it, just pointing out that it will
often work.)

> DJW wrote:
>
> "> From: Tim Bagot [SMTP:tsb-w3-style-0003@earth.li]
> >
> > How about [href^="#"] ?
> >
>  [DJW:]  Which would highlight all of the dead links
>  created by certain common web site generation tools
>  to keep pages with everything done with onclick seeming
>  valid :-(.  (One ore more packges generates href="#" for
>  every link.) "

Hmm. This could be a problem. I suppose one could use
[href^="#"]:not([href="#"]) to get round it. I feel they really ought to
be using href="" (when, that is, the scripting really is vital). (Let us
all curse poorly-written software cobbled together by people who don't
really know what they are doing.)

> Anyway, I think we are forgetting (I started it), that href is an attribute,
> so even though it might be useful in html to have other hrefs it would not
> be useful to site wide css styling, because external style sheets apply to
> elements not attributes. You would have to have different forms of the
> "anchor" element.

Huh? I don't know where you got that idea. Style sheets are (at least,
definitely should in any conformant implementation be) treated pretty much
identically whether they are external or embedded.


Tim Bagot
Received on Friday, 6 July 2001 16:27:21 GMT

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