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New spec: media queries

From: Bert Bos <bert@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 9 Jul 2002 00:39:35 +0200
Message-ID: <15658.5287.64385.626675@jfouffa.inria.fr>
To: www-style@w3.org

I'm happy to announce that the "media queries" draft is no longer a
draft, but a "Candidate Recommendation" (CR).


It is not quite a "standard" yet, but it is close. Calling it a CR
means that W3C believes it is stable and ready to be implemented. It
will go to the next step, "Recommendation," when there are sufficient
implementations to prove that we were right. Or, of course, we may be
proven wrong by lack of products or by complaints from implementers...

So, please, if you can, try to implement media queries in software and
use them in style sheets. And let this mailing list know the results.

We expect to keep the specification in Candidate Recommendation state
for at least six months. After that we'll see if we need to keep it
there longer, if it is ready to go to Recommendation or should be
dropped or redesigned.

We are slowly learning to deal with Candidate Recommendations (a
relatively new type of document in W3C's process). This one has a few
niceties that previous CRs didn't have: the "exit criteria," which the
working group wants to be met before it will propose the spec for
Recommendation, are included in the document itself; there is a link
to the comments that we received on the last draft; and there is a
link to a page that will eventually hold statements by W3C members
about any patents and licenses (hopefully all "royalty free") that
apply to CSS.

Unfortunately, the test suite for the spec is not ready yet. But there
also we need help. If you find an interesting case (or indeed any case
at all), and you can put it in the form of a CSS test suite (see the
documentation[1]), that would help the working group a lot.

[1] http://www.w3.org/Style/CSS/Test/testsuitedocumentation.html

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