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Re: [CSS21] response to issue 15b

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2004 22:20:59 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <200402102220.i1AMKxq02869@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: www-style@w3.org

> > It is, for example, not acceptable for web authors to be presented as
> > CSS 2.1 Recommendation without positioning, the :hover pseudo-class or
> > media specific style sheets;
> 
> -- if the feature is not interoperable, then authors aren't referring to
> the spec anyway (at least not successfully) so there is no point the spec
> existing for those features.

No computing industry standards are actually read by a significant
proportion of the people who claim to use them (probably also true
for other branches of engineering).  The bookshops are full of
cookbooks with canned solutions for those without the time to
understand their tools.

The problem with this example is that any designer who refuses to
implement a client's request for popout menus and "cool" animations
simply because the CSS2.1 specification doesn't include positioning
will be laughed out of court.  They will just return to their copy
of "Blue Chip Web Site Authoring for Trained Monkey's", or plagiarising
code that does do it, even if it has horrible, browser sniffing,
hacks.

I might think that a lot of this sort of animation is bad for users, 
but that is not the perception of the people with the money to pay
for sites,  so any W3C specification that doesn't acknowledge it will
be treated as an irrelevance.
Received on Wednesday, 11 February 2004 02:23:11 GMT

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