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Re: FAQ about reasons behind CSS

From: Laurens Holst <lholst@students.cs.uu.nl>
Date: Fri, 01 Jul 2005 16:11:05 +0200
Message-ID: <42C54EF9.7030607@students.cs.uu.nl>
To: Orion Adrian <orion.adrian@gmail.com>
Cc: www-style@w3.org

Orion Adrian wrote:

>Seriously why are they necessary? This is a problem created by
>non-semantic tables, not by actual need. HTML tables are still
>presentational and therefore this need for nth-last-of-child() is
>because HTML tables are presentational. Get them to fix it, leave CSS
I don’t know if :nth-last-child() is aimed at HTML tables??? I don’t see 
how, what makes you think so?

Given that the selectors are CSS3 and it will still take a one or two 
years (with luck) before CSS3 Selectors is broadly implemented 
(:nth-child is implemented by very few browsers right now, excluding IE, 
Mozilla and Opera), I sincerely doubt those selectors were meant to 
solve anything having to do with HTML.

I also can’t really think of a good use-case for :nth-last-child(), not 
for use with tables either. :nth-child() is a different matter of 
course, that is particularly useful for tables and lists (among other 

Finally, I wonder what is so presentational about HTML tables? They look 
fine to me, for tabular data.


Ushiko-san! Kimi wa doushite, Ushiko-san!!
Laurens Holst, student, university of Utrecht, the Netherlands.
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