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Re: A possible presentational hints proposal for CSS 2.1

From: Rijk van Geijtenbeek <rijk@iname.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Oct 2002 00:42:25 +0200
Message-ID: <17555883540.20021008004225@iname.com>
To: www-style@w3.org

Hello Ian,

On Monday, October 7, 2002 you wrote:

> The working group are currently considering various proposals for changing
> the handling of presentational hints in CSS 2.1, based on feedback given
> in this forum.


>  For HTML, any attribute that is not in the following list should be
>  considered presentational:

>    abbr accept-charset accept accesskey action alt archive axis
>    charset checked cite class classid code codebase codetype coords
>    data datetime declare defer dir disabled enctype for headers href
>    hreflang http-equiv id ismap label lang language link longdesc
>    maxlength edia method multiple name nohref object onblur onchange
>    onclick ondblclick onfocus onkeydown onkeypress onkeyup onload
>    onload onmousedown onmousemove onmouseout onmouseover onmouseup
>    onreset onselect onsubmit onunload onunload profile prompt readonly
>    rel rev scheme scope selected shape src standby style summary text
>    title type usemap value valuetype version

If you write the other list, it would be shorter:

align alink background bgcolor border cellpadding cellspacing char
charoff clear color cols colspan compact content face frame
frameborder height hspace marginwidth marginheight noresize noshade
nowrap rows rowspan rules scrolling size span start tabindex target
text valign vlink vspace width

I wonder why alink and vlink are presentational, but text and link are
not. Especially as background and bgcolor are presentational.

I also question the inclusion of 'span' and 'start' in the
presentational list. One could also argue about 'size' when applied to
the select element.

>  For XHTML and other XML languages, no attribute should be considered
>  presentational.

I assume this has something to do with the discouragement of these
attributes in the long run, but some clarification would be nice. Not
necessarily in the spec, but here to illuminate the list readers.


 Greetings,  Rijk                            mailto:rijk@iname.com

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Received on Monday, 7 October 2002 18:38:49 UTC

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