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RE: Column text color

From: <Matthew.van.Eerde@hbinc.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2003 11:30:34 -0800
Message-ID: <B8B9965E9A4B1948839F37ADCB58E9D52D136B@exchange.hbinc.com>
To: bzbarsky@MIT.EDU, ernestcline@mindspring.com
Cc: www-style@w3.org

> > Could you give a reference to that blog entry?
> Sure thing.  <http://ln.hixie.ch/?start=1070385285&count=1>
> Note that that's what kicked off this thread, by the way.... (if you 
> look at Sandy's original post at 
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/2003Dec/0015.html).
> No, the blog entry in fact begs for people to come up with a 
> decent way 
> of supporting this, after listing the technical reasons why it's not 
> supported at the moment.
> -Boris

May I attempt to summarize the situation, based on my understanding?

Authors would like to be able to style a column using CSS
Currently CSS does not support this due to parsing tree considerations
IE supports this in a standards-unfriendly way
Other browsers (such as Mozilla) will not follow IE's path but will stay
true to the standards
If anyone can come up with a sensible way to have CSS support this, the
working group is open to suggestions

Is all this correct?

If so, I will do my utmost to come up with a constructive suggestion.  I
believe I have a good handle on the concerns of the working group, the
Mozilla developers, and the HTML/CSS authors.  If I come up with something
I'll let you know - if I don't, I probably won't be the first to fail to
find a solution to this rather intriguing problem ;)

Matthew van Eerde
Software Engineer
Hispanic Business Inc.
805.964.4554 x902
Received on Friday, 12 December 2003 14:30:37 UTC

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