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Re: Browsers will never get it right [was Re:Blocked-base parsing?]

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2005 10:44:07 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200509170944.j8H9i7901235@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: www-style@w3.org

> agreed. i thought this list was to discuss real world CSS usage

No.  Real world usage questions would imply how to work round current
product limitations and that is definitely off topic.

The list is about how to design stylesheet languages (not just CSS) that
will:

- be usable in a real world;
- as far as possible in a real world meet certain idealist aims like
  accessiblity, device independence and separation from content.

Even the use of "stylesheet" in CSS is fairly idealistic, as the vast
majority of authors don't write style sheets.  A style sheet is a 
set of rules that applies to all documents of a class, not the inline
styling of each element or id based out of line styling, or even class
based styling of the class="red" kind.

(In the real world documents are either front page advertising content,
in which the styling is interwined, or created with content management
systems, which impose the actual corporate style sheet.)

Most authors would have been happy with only inline styles.
Received on Sunday, 18 September 2005 08:30:05 GMT

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