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[css3-hyperlinks] Some remarks

From: George Chavchanidze <gch@rmi.acnet.ge>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2004 16:58:19 -0400 (GMT)
To: www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.3.96.1040226164114.4892B-100000@rmi-sun.rmi.acnet.ge>

I like ability to attach hyperlink functionality to elements via CSS
and I think this is very useful functionality that should be preserved in
subsequent Working Drafts. In particular it would be nice if current 
features of CSS hyperlinks listed below will not be lost in final spec.

1. Accessibility
Users can control behavior of hyperlinks via user style sheet.

2. Flexibility
Using alternate style sheets authors may suggest multiple 
navigation options to user. Behavior of links can be media dependant.
For instance @media screen one may prefer to open target in new tab
while @media projection where tabs are less convenient 
the same link can be opened in existing viewport.

3. Universality
Browser can't have native support for all markup languages but definitely
things can be achieved by developing default style sheets for each markup
and here CSS hyperlinks module is really required.
Consider default CSS style sheets for XML applications like TEI or
They definitely lack one thing - ability to handle hyperlinks. 
One can render most of TEI documents in browsers using CSS 
but there was no mechanism to attach hyperlink behavior to TEI links. 
Situation is similar in many other XML applications that have their own
a) XHTML, Open eBook
<a href="http://www.w3.org">W3C</a>
b) TEI
<ref target="http://www.w3.org">W3C</ref>
c) DocBook
<ulink url="http://www.w3.org">W3C</ulink>
<go to="http://www.w3.org">W3C</go>

Therefore I think that hyperlink module is really necessary,
please don't drop it. 
Best wishes,
Received on Thursday, 26 February 2004 07:51:46 UTC

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