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RE: HTML <link rel="stylesheet"> underspecified with multiple languages

From: Manos Batsis <m.batsis@bsnet.gr>
Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2001 15:54:55 +0300
Message-ID: <A35E2040C17F0C48B941B8F4D0DF122908E5C3@ermhs.Athens.BrokerSystems.gr>
To: "fantasai" <fantasai@escape.com>
Cc: <www-style@w3.org>



> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: fantasai [mailto:fantasai@escape.com]
> > 
> > > This is what I think should happen:
> > >
> > > 1.) UA determines which stylesheets are applicable according
> > >     to persistent/preferred/alternate rules, media, and
> > >     supported style languages.
> > 
> > So I guess you 'vote' for the type attribute when more than one
> > stylesheets are present?
> 
> It's not a question of voting for the type attribute. If the
> UA cannot handle a CSS stylesheet, but can handle an XSLT one,
> then when given both it should ignore the CSS and use the XSLT.
> The presence or absence of the type attribute has nothing to do
> with it.


I don't think there are going to be many UAs supporting XSLT and not
CSS. Besides, the problems arise when both can be processed.



> > > 2.) If there are stylesheets from more than one language
> > >     applicable, the UA uses only stylesheets from the first
> > >     language encountered (all of them). This follows the
> > >     precedent of "preferred" stylesheets--the first preferred
> > >     sheet is applied, as are any other later stylesheets that
> > >     are part of that set.
> > 
> > Does this means that the author will be responsible on putting his
> > preferred stylesheet (language) before others?
> 
> Yes.
> 
> > Wouldn't it be better to give priority to a transformation language
> > when having to do with XML?
> 
> I think the author would have better knowledge of which
> stylesheet is more important than the UA would, however
> enlightened its prioritized list of languages may be.


I guess this late 'however enlightened' matters a lot.



> > > Alternatively, later stylesheets could be favored.
> > 
> > Can you please give an example on this one? Sorry, I don't 
> really get
> > it.
> 
> Go back and replace "first" with "last" in my message.

Oh you mean that we can use the mechanism you describe in either
direction. Give me a break I needed some sleep...

Kindest regards,

Manos
Received on Saturday, 30 June 2001 08:56:11 GMT

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