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Re: CSS3 UI "icon" property

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Wed, 12 May 2004 20:22:43 -0500
Message-ID: <40A2CDE3.3090701@mit.edu>
To: Tantek Çelik <tantek@cs.stanford.edu>
Cc: www-style@w3.org

Tantek Çelik wrote:
>>>Surely the correct icon depends on the platform; it is the icon that the
>>>platform's user interface guidelines would dictate for the context.
> 
> David is exactly correct.  For example many platforms have a default/plain
> "document" or "content" icon that is used when little is known about an
> item.

Perhaps I'm still missing something.. but what item?  The specification just 
says that the node with that style is replaced by the icon.  Say I have:

<html>
   <body>
     <div style="content: icon; icon: auto">Text</div>
   </body>
</html>

What exactly can be reasonably done here?  Is this an inappropriate use case for 
this property?  If so, what would be considered reasonable use cases?  What 
should UAs do in the unreasonable cases like that?  Or is interoperability there 
not an issue?  In my opinion it is, since otherwise you end up with assumptions 
about what should or should not be done based on whatever UA implements this 
first and other UAs having to reverse-engineer bhavior.

Again, all this could use explaining in the spec, in my opinion (and I apologize 
for bringing this up so late in the game; I did not realize this specification 
was in Last Call.... if these comments are completely out of line, let me know 
and I'll just drop the topic).

> Check the platform's user interface guidelines.

They say nothing about the case I cite above...

-Boris
Received on Wednesday, 12 May 2004 21:22:47 GMT

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