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RE: Are there W3C definitions of presentation and content?

From: Patrick Lauke <P.H.Lauke@salford.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 15:35:22 +0100
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> Gavin Kistner

> But now you're tempting me, because I really would like to be 
> able to  
> use CSS to shove ancillary sidebar content as footnotes and create  
> links to it.

But should this not be behaviour that is taken care of by the user
agent? We'd need a way to define (in content?) that something is ancillary
information such as a footnote, but leave it up to the browser to decide
how best to deal with it based on user preference, device capabilities, etc

> Should CSS be able  
> to decide whether a list of items should be rendered as radio 
> buttons  
> versus a drop-down select? 

That, to me, stradles the concepts of presentation and behaviour...I can
see pros and cons on both sides in this particular instance. Again though,
in an ideal situation the list of items would be marked up in content
as being such a list, and the decision on how it should be exposed to the
user (both in terms of how the list looks, and how the user can interact
with it) should be left to the user agent (but yes, possibly with hints
provided by the author).

Patrick H. Lauke
Webmaster / University of Salford
Web Standards Project (WaSP) Accessibility Task Force
Received on Monday, 19 September 2005 14:31:49 UTC

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