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Re: [css3-hyperlinks] inclusion of Clink in next WD

From: Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 17:36:06 +0100
Message-ID: <868554951.20040312173606@w3.org>
To: (wrong string) Çelik <tantek@cs.stanford.edu>
Cc: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>, "Anne van Kesteren (fora)" <fora@annevankesteren.nl>, <www-style@w3.org>

On Thursday, March 11, 2004, 10:31:39 PM, Tantek wrote:

TÇ> On 3/11/04 10:26 AM, "Boris Zbarsky" <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU> wrote:

>> That was merely a proposal to resolve the logical contradiction.  The precise
>> proposal was "Whether :link matches or not is independent of the value of the
>> 'link' property."

TÇ> This actually kind of makes sense, if you think of it this way:

TÇ> :link matches an element that is *semantically* a hyperlink.

TÇ> The 'link' property merely *presents* an interactive hyperlink.

This not only makes sense, but is consistent with the design principle
that (for example) CSS does not have selectors that select on property
values. Its needed to assure non-circularity.

CSS takes a set of information A and creates additional presentation
information B. It does not alter A.

>> But the alternative
>> (having it depend on the value of the property) is not viable within the
>> constraints of the logical system that is CSS.

TÇ> Agreed.


 Chris Lilley                    mailto:chris@w3.org
 Chair, W3C SVG Working Group
 Member, W3C Technical Architecture Group
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