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Re: New drafts, CSS 2.1, css3-webfonts, css3-fonts, css3-background, css3-ui

From: Håkon Wium Lie <howcome@opera.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Aug 2002 14:16:19 +0200
Message-ID: <15694.27795.322178.977570@gargle.gargle.HOWL>
To: Tom Gilder <tom@tom.me.uk>
Cc: www-style@w3.org

Also sprach Tom Gilder:

 > > http://www.w3.org/TR/2002/WD-CSS21-20020802/
 > 
 > While I feel that incorporating errata and cleaning up the specification is a
 > good thing, I'm not too sure about this practice of removing properties and
 > values.

 > Could someone possibly clarify the reasoning behind the major changes?

We've tried to argue for why this is a good thing in:

  http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS21/about.html#q1

 > After all, isn't the idea of CSS to be as backwards-compatible as possible?

Indeed. And, due to the forward-compatible parsing rules, a style
sheet containing e.g. this rule:

  @page {
    marks: crop;
  }

will be treated exactly the same way as before, since no browsers implement it. 

 > To
 > me, it doesn't make sense removing things simply because they haven't been
 > widely implemented yet.

The features will still be described in CSS 2.0 (which continues to be
available), and in CSS 3 (if enough people thik it's valuable
functionality for the future).

-h&kon
              Håkon Wium Lie                          cto °þe®ª
howcome@opera.com                  http://people.opera.com/howcome
Received on Monday, 5 August 2002 08:23:29 GMT

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