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RE: CSS 4?

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2003 15:46:24 +0000 (UTC)
To: Robert Koberg <rob@koberg.com>
Cc: 'Tantek Çelik' <tantek@cs.stanford.edu>, www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.58.0310231537110.10860@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Thu, 23 Oct 2003, Robert Koberg wrote:
> With CSS, how would you take this XML element:
>    <link idref="a1234"/>
> And style it into:
>    <a style="internalLink" href="../folder/page.html">page</a>

That question is meaningless. You are adding semantics, not styling.

If the <link> element above is in a proprietary language, then it
shouldn't be sent over the wire anyway, it should be transformed on the
server side.

If the <link> element is in a fictional but well-known standard namespace,
then it would already have the linking semantics, and so it would already
match the :link and :visited pseudo-classes as appropriate.

In the extreme case, however, it would be possible to do something like:

   link { binding: url(internalLinks.xml#link); }

...where internalLinks.xml is a BECSS binding that defines how elements
should be turned into links. (BECSS is still in development, though. At
the moment, you would use -moz-binding or behavior depending on whether
you were targetting Mozilla or WinIE.)

> Or this element:
>    <submit servlet="login"/>
> Into:
>    <form id="loginForm" action="login" method="post">
>    ...
>    </form>

The same arguments and solutions apply here.

> Or, using CSS, turn the things above (or anything) into a PDF?

There are several CSS-to-PDF systems available.

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