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Re: [CSS21] DTD defaults are supposed to be ignored

From: Jukka K. Korpela <jkorpela@cs.tut.fi>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2003 16:28:49 +0300 (EEST)
To: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.58.0310101624150.4119@korppi.cs.tut.fi>

On Thu, 9 Oct 2003, Ian Hickson wrote:

> On Thu, 9 Oct 2003, Jukka K. Korpela wrote:
> >
> > This could be avoided by adding a simple statement: All references to
> > attributes in CSS shall be taken as referring to attributes that have
> > been explicitly set using attribute specifications in the document's
> > markup.
>
> "Default attribute values may be defined in a DTD or elsewhere, but cannot
> be selected by attribute selectors."
>
> That's exactly what that sentence is trying to say.

More or less so, I guess. But it doesn't really say it. It's obscure -
for example, selectors don't really select attributes, do they?

My point is that the formulation needs a clarification, which is best
formulated as part of the very _definition_ of the meaning of attribute
selectors, rather than a vague statement of what can or cannot be done.

-- 
Jukka "Yucca" Korpela, http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/
Received on Friday, 10 October 2003 09:28:52 GMT

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