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Re: css layout should be symmetrical

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Sun, 07 Apr 2002 17:06:28 +0100
Message-ID: <3CB06E84.7080405@hixie.ch>
To: www-style@w3.org
Jesse McCarthy wrote:
> You're going to need to rewrite more of that spec to get it to
 > conform to your revisionist version of history.

History? Nobody is changing history.

> (Aren't these kinds of fundamental changes in a technology 
> traditionally accounted for by releasing new versions of the 
> specification rather than manipulating one that's already been 
> released for over three years piecemeal until it suits your own 
> self-serving agenda?)

Yes, and the CSS working group intends to release a CSS 2.1 at some point in the 
future (as has been mentioned soveral times in www-style).

> Let's break this down into simple terms.  Do the table display types 
> assign table semantics to an arbitrary element?

Nothing in CSS affects the semantics [1] of anything in any document. CSS is 
purely a formatting language.

[1] dict.org defines 'semantics' as:
    semantics n. the study of language meaning

Ian Hickson
``The inability of a user agent to implement part of this specification due to
the limitations of a particular device (e.g., non interactive user agents will
probably not implement dynamic pseudo-classes because they make no sense
without interactivity) does not imply non-conformance.'' -- Selectors, Sec13
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