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Re: content: url() is bad

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2004 12:21:15 -0500
Message-ID: <407D730B.9000107@mit.edu>
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Cc: www-style@w3.org

Perhaps I did a poor job of describing my issue with the "it's a 
replaced element or not" proposal... my problem is that it violates the 
principle of least surprise for authors.  This is a problem that CSS 
suffers from heavily in general -- predicting the rendering of anything 
but the most trivial CSS is pretty much impossibly without studying the 
spec for weeks first.

Again, I can't offer a better alternative.  But I disagree with the 
assertion made by Ian earlier in this thread that this is a usability 
win.  Anything that exhibits erratic (from an author's point of view) 
behavior is a usability loss.

Received on Wednesday, 14 April 2004 13:26:02 UTC

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