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Re: Comments on WD-css3-background-20010924

From: Bert Bos <bert@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2001 11:57:19 +0200
Message-ID: <15321.13183.770712.98846@lanalana.inria.fr>
To: www-style@w3.org
Bjoern Hoehrmann writes:
> * Bert Bos wrote:
> >> [...]
> >>   For HTML documents, however, we recommend that authors specify the
> >>   background for the BODY element rather than the HTML element.
> >> [...]
> >> 
> >> Why? Does this also apply to XHTML documents?
> >
> >Tradition of the BODY BGCOLOR attribute.
> >
> >Good question. Since XHTML (at least from 2.0 onwards) is supposed to
> >be an examplary XML-based format, with as little semantics as possible
> >that is not derived from other specifications (CSS, XLink, etc.), and
> >since XHTML doesn't have a BGCOLOR attribute anyway, I guess we can
> >remove the special treatment of BODY in the case of XHTML.
> 
> Hence the user agent has to decide how to treat something HTML-special
> depending on the MIME type of the document retrieved, i.e. text/html =>
> treat it as HTML, application/xhtml+xml or some other XML media type,
> don't treat it special?

Yes (or on the file extension, Macintosh file code, etc., in the case
of local files).



Bert
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