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Specified values: what are they?

From: Etan Wexler <ewexler@stickdog.com>
Date: 05 Sep 2002 14:44:44-0700
To: www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <CSS-specified-values@d20020905.etan.wexler>

Ian Hickson wrote to <www-style@w3.org> on 31 August 2002 in "Re: CSS2.1
Various Inline-related Stuff"
(<mid:Pine.LNX.4.21.0208312022040.2213-100000@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>):

> In CSS3, 'initial' will be a special keyword like 'inherit'. [...]
> Neither can end up as the specified value [...]

Oh?

What is the specified value in the declaration "property: initial"?

The notion of specified values has until now been totally clear to me. 
I was certain that a specified value was the value exactly as it
appeared in the winning declaration.  Since you are suggesting
otherwise, please clarify the definition of specified values.

Perhaps we need an explicit step between specified values and computed
values, a step that will, for instance, replace 'inherit' with a
possibly relative value, assign possibly relative values from a
shorthand declaration to its longhand properties, and assign possibly
relative values to undeclared properties.

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Etan Wexler <mailto:ewexler@stickdog.com>
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