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Re: [CSS21] Style sheet definition

From: Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2005 23:09:03 +0200
Message-ID: <1619959147.20051017230903@w3.org>
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Cc: www-style@w3.org

On Monday, October 17, 2005, 9:49:33 PM, Ian wrote:

IH> On Mon, 17 Oct 2005, Chris Lilley wrote:
>>>> OK, so add that. "in this specification, the term "style sheet" is 
>>>> considered to mean a CSS style sheet".
>>> What on earth else would it refer to. It's the Cascading Style Sheet 
>>> specification. I am pretty sure all of our readers are quite able to 
>>> understand from context that when we say "style sheet" we're not 
>>> refering to, say, a DSSSL style sheet, but a Cascading Style Sheet.
>> So, define that clearly. Its common for specs to refer to definitions in 
>> other specs. I'm asking for a simple clarification; and can't see why 
>> you push back so hard on it.

IH> Becuase you and I disagree on what is a "simple clarification".

>> You have not made the case that it would be less readable. Specific text 
>> was proposed, which you have not discussed.

IH> The proposal ("in this specification, the term "style sheet" is considered
IH> to mean a CSS style sheet"") is completely redundant. I discussed it in 
IH> the paragraph quoted above.

That wasn't the complete proposal.

>> It would be useful to hear the WG opinion, besides yours. Marking a 
>> minor request for clarification as a disputed last call review that 
>> needs to be discussed with the Director seems rather needless in this 
>> instance.

IH> I just asked the working group (we are in a face-to-face meeting) whether
IH> they thought it would be useful to have the spec state that "style sheet"
IH> in the CSS specification referred to CSS style sheets only. They laughed
IH> and simultaneously said "no".

I'm glad that the concerns of the CDF group provide amusement. Given
that the CSS charter attempts to define style properties for all styling
systems, not just CSS, that simple clarification would have saved a lot
of bother.

Okay, time to move things to a higher coordination level.

 Chris Lilley                    mailto:chris@w3.org
 Chair, W3C SVG Working Group
 W3C Graphics Activity Lead
 Co-Chair, W3C Hypertext CG
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