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Re: [CSS21] response to issue 115 (and 44)

From: Ernest Cline <ernestcline@mindspring.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2004 11:20:19 -0500
Message-ID: <410-220042022162019796@mindspring.com>
To: "Boris Zbarsky" <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Cc: "WWW Style" <www-style@w3.org>

> [Original Message]
> From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
> To: <ernestcline@mindspring.com>
> > A possibility, but I would think that in those two cases, a UA would be
> > likely to possess out-of-band knowledge about such sheets
> Why?  Some typical UI for user sheets that I can think of (and actually
want to
> implement) is just a filepicker/textfield that lets the user pick a file
> paste a URI for the sheet....

As I said, it might well need to ask the user the first time it loads the
and it should in my opinion, if it is unable to determine the charset by
the other rules.

> > Any other cases?
> Tools that are loading a sheet for the sake of loading a sheet.
> Validators come to mind.  So do certain types of GUI CSS editors.

I'd consider CSS editors to be much the same as a browser in this
regard.  Since it will be working with such a file on a regular basis,
I would hope that when saving the file it would include sufficient info,
to enable the sheet's character encoding to be determined by the
other rules instead of by assuming.  As for reading in CSS files the
first time, I'd rather have it ask what charset than just simply assume.

As for validators, if it ever has to assume, I definitely would want it
to warn the user by default of such an assumption, no matter what
charset it assumed.

Still this is now getting into the realm of SHOULD and not MUST,
and since not all such examiners of CSS will, I can see the need
for a default assumption, altho I would like a statement added so
that rule 4 should read:

4) If all else fails, assume UTF-8, but warn the user that assumption
is being made.
Received on Sunday, 22 February 2004 11:20:21 UTC

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