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Re: :here for Links

From: Larry Israel <lisrael@cruzio.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2003 13:43:18 -0800
To: www-style@w3.org
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>> How about :current ?
>
> http://www.w3.org/TR/1998/NOTE-CSS-potential-19981210#id16717669191 ?
>
> </Daniel>

Thanks, Daniel. Sorry, I was not aware of that document (Note). Thanks for
your efforts on that front, and thanks for bringing it to my attention.

The Abstract for that Note says "This Note attempts to document all the
features that have been suggested for CSS, and that are not part of
CSS2.... Please, give feedback before the 5th of February 1999."
Therefore, that document seems to have little bearing on CSS3. (I'm sure
someone will correct me if I misunderstand the status of the document.) If
I understand correctly, that Note contains a list of rejected features,
essentially. Maybe some of them will be included in the future, but, so
far, the working group has rejected them.

I looked at
http://www.w3.org/Style/CSS/current-work
Selectors seemed the most-likely place for it
http://www.w3.org/TR/css3-selectors/
But I don't see any similar feature and in this discussion, no one has
said this is part of the CSS3 recommendation.

I hope I'm not out of line by making one last argument about the issue. An
a:current (or a:local, or a:here, if you prefer) pseudo class seems
central to what the web is about and how the web is actually used. It
would be easily understood by web authors and *very* widely used in menu
bars.

As an outsider to the W3C standards process, it's hard to understand why
this feature is not part of the CSS3 recomendation. Is it be difficult for
web clients to implement? Is there some other good reason?

Meanwhile, the CSS3 recommendation (and much discussion here) includes
features that, in comparison, seem far less important and much more
difficult to use. How can :current reasonably be excluded from the same
spec that includes nth-last-of-type? (to take just one esoteric example;
hope you get my drift).

Larry
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