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Re: [CSS21] response to issue 192

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2004 21:45:27 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <200402252145.i1PLjRF02377@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: www-style@w3.org

> If we can't assume people will read all the key parts of the

You can't.  Most authors using CSS, even if they actually see the CSS
code, will never look at the specification.  Of the remainder, most will
use it as a reference document and only look at specific sections when
they want clarification.  Formal specifications are thought too technical 
by most people using them; most people want cook books.

The only thing you can probably rely on is that someone on a commercial
browser development team will have read most of the parts that look like
they should be relevant, and that most of the people on an open source
development will have read some part of it.  The level of HTML 
compliance in authoring tools suggests that you can't rely on their
designers to read things thoroughly.

> specification, then we might as well give up: we can never specify
> everything everywhere.
Received on Wednesday, 25 February 2004 17:52:50 UTC

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