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Re: CSS Generated content selection

From: David Woolley <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2007 12:34:10 +0100
Message-ID: <46333132.6030202@david-woolley.me.uk>
To: www-style@w3.org

Mike Bremford wrote:
> More to the point, CSS has been a W3C spec for 11 years now and there's 
> no reason why even text-only browsers shouldn't support some of it (as 
> elinks does, for instance).

Even without constructs that require backtracking, you still need to 
have an open element stack conforming to the standard DOM.  I may be 
wrong, but I think that, in its real life HTML parsing mode (it also has 
  a more SGML conformant one) Lynx doesn't have something that 
corresponds to the proper DOM parse.  Even "HTML5" has to use trickery 
to create a proper parse tree from real world HTML.

In addition, Lynx is designed to render as it reads and throws away the 
information needed to react to complex usages of things like :hover.

The other, and possibly bigger, problem, is that there tend to be no 
full time developers for text only browsers, so only small, incremental, 
changes can be made.
Received on Saturday, 28 April 2007 11:34:33 UTC

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