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Re: CSS Generated content selection

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2007 01:17:00 -0500
Message-ID: <462C4F5C.20000@mit.edu>
To: Allan Sandfeld Jensen <kde@carewolf.com>
CC: www-style@w3.org

Allan Sandfeld Jensen wrote:
> Okay, it that was a bad guess then. I still think you should though, because 
> this behavior is unexpected and surprising to the user.

It's tough.  In some serialization formats (e.g. text/plain) you might want the 
capitalization from text-transform, and the generated content.  In other 
serialization formats (e.g. text/html) you don't want either (but do want to 
carry over the styling, probably... somehow).  But then what happens if I select 
some HTML and paste it into a different HTML document, and only pick up the 
:before content but not the :after content in my selection?  Or if I only seect 
part of the :before content (and maybe some of the actual text)?  How should 
that be copied into a different HTML document?

> That Gecko can't do it with it's current design is a not an excuse.

Sure.  The problem is that it's not clear what the "right" behavior is, and 
hasn't been for at least 8-9 years now.  It's not really worth trying to rip up 
this code until there's a plan for how this should work, and there isn't one yet.

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