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Re: content: url() is bad

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2004 09:51:25 +0000 (UTC)
To: "Sean M. Hall" <pianoman@reno.com>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.58.0404120947200.27215@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Mon, 12 Apr 2004, Sean M. Hall wrote:
> I have never liked that in CSS you could do something like:
> element {
>   content: url(image.gif);
> }

Technically you can't, although we will indeed almost certainly be
allowing something like this in CSS3.

> By doing this CSS is leaving its territory and inserting an image into a
> document--that's HTML's job. Regular content is ok, but inserting images
> is a HTML or Javascript job.

It's actually quite common to want to do this.

For example,

   <h1>XYZ Company</h1>


   h1 { content: url(xyzcompany-logo); }

...is semantically correct.

People have been trying to use "image replacement techniques" for a long
time now, and the way CSS exists right now you have to do ridiculous
things with text-indent and so forth.

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