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Re: [css3-fonts] Nested 'bolder' and 'lighter' question

From: David Woolley <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2008 10:13:30 +0100
Message-ID: <48B90F3A.8080609@david-woolley.me.uk>
To: Nicholas Shanks <contact@nickshanks.com>
CC: www-style@w3.org

Nicholas Shanks wrote:

> In my belief this corresponds to the ascending and descending of ordered 
> lists as defined in CSS2.1
Whilst I would expect the effect to be additive, without limits, to the 
internal values, although possibly clamped in the rendered ones, the 
real problem here is that people are using presentational markup 
examples.  If you mix content which has already had styling resolved to 
presentational form, you really need to do a manual fixup.

If this is really a style sheet implementation of <html:strong>, you 
need to consider the many discussions that have been held about how to 
handle deeply nested use of strong.  From my recollection, they don't 
actually come down to getting bolder and bolder.  The most common actual 
suggestion, I think, is to end up cycling through a small number of 
styles; i.e., in a passage that is all bold, the normal weight font may 
actually emphasize the text.

In CSS you currently have to do that by having strong, strong strong, 
strong strong strong... etc. selectors.  I'm not sure that you can avoid 
enumerating unless you add algorithmic capabilites to CSS, which, I 
believe, go well beyond its scope.

David Woolley
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