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Re: [CSS21] Features at risk: quote in CSS or Q in HTML

From: Laurens Holst <lholst@students.cs.uu.nl>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2005 21:46:05 +0200
Message-ID: <42D56F7D.1050006@students.cs.uu.nl>
To: Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>
Cc: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, www-style@w3.org

Karl Dubost wrote:

> I slightly agree with you except that you misunderstood me.
> I still have _hope_ that quotation marks be implemented in User  
> Agents for HTML 4.01, by HTML 4.01 or CSS.
> I'm just saying that dropping the CSS feature seems to me dangerous  
> because it has been shown that it was “difficult” to implement on the  
> HTML side.
> Then I was wondering if the CSS property would make it easier by not  
> having a table of all cases, and leaving the freedom to author to  
> specify the right characters.

But are they really necessary anyway? Can’t you already do the same 
thing with:

q:lang(fr):before { content: "«"; }
q:lang(fr):after { content: "»"; }
q q:lang(fr):before { content: "‹"; }
q q:lang(fr):after { content: "›"; }

etc. (and possibly repeat that to allow for up to 4 levels of q nesting)?

If that is possible already, why would a user agent author bother to 
create another mechanism specifically for quotes, while Q is barely used 
in HTML anyway (though that may be only due to inconsistent browser 


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Laurens Holst, student, university of Utrecht, the Netherlands.
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