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RE: Problem with 'target-new' property and alternative suggestion

From: DaniŽl Pelsmaeker <daniel.pelsmaeker@zonnet.nl>
Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2004 22:25:09 +0200
Message-ID: <20040913202538.13934.qmail@postbode02.zonnet.nl>
To: <www-style@w3.org>
Cc: "'Anne van Kesteren'" <fora@annevankesteren.nl>

Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> >>> By the way, isn't target-new very element specific? It is really
> >>> only used for A elements, for (X)HTML pages, while almost all
> >>> other (CSS2) properties apply to any element, even on XML pages.
> >>
> >> Ever heard of XLink, XHTML 2.0, HLink and possible other languages
> >> that define a general way of linking from each element?
> >
> > Yes, I have. But I can use the rest of the CSS properties on any
> > element in any XML/SGML compatible document. The target-new property
> > can only be used when the UA supports the associated technologies (or
> > reads the DTD or whatever).
> 
> UAs will probably never read DTDs (too large, too complex and it
> wouldn't help a thing).
> 
> I guess you mean 'target-new' (and releated properties) can only be used
> when the element matches the ':link' or ':visited' pseudo-class? (Like
> AREA, LINK and A do in HTML 4.01.)

Indeed. But the ':link' and ':visited' pseudo-classes are intended for
styling, and they are not link-specific. 'target-new' is not for styling,
and actually is link specific. I think it will mostly be used in the style
attributes of elements, instead of in stylesheets. Therefore, I would not
add the 'target-...' properties to CSS, but to the XML technologies and
elements on which these properties are most meaningful (A, LINK, etc...).
Received on Monday, 13 September 2004 20:26:10 GMT

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