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Re: @classattr and @styleattr

From: David Woolley <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>
Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2008 11:49:44 +0000
Message-ID: <479C6FD8.50005@david-woolley.me.uk>
To: www-style <www-style@w3.org>

Nikodem wrote:
> To have <... class="..."> in whole XML world, not only in [X]HTML.
> @namespace ns "http://myserv/ns";
> @classattr ns|class;

Considering another recent thread, where are these allowed in relation 
to @charset and, more particularly, @import?

Does the scope include @imported sheets?

> /* if more than one declared, last replaces others */
> .abc{color:red}

I guess this is fairly harmless if it is limited a single file, or that 
file and its imports.  I think it would cause chaos if used with any 
greater scope - at the very least, you would need an !important type 

If used for a single file, it becomes pure syntactic sugar, and probably 
something that should be handled by a server side pre-processor (that 
way you will also get it now, rather than having to wait ten years 
before you can rely on it working).

I am not, however, sure that such a short hand is going to be 
appropriate in most other markup languages.  It's useful for XHTML 
because XHTML deliberately only has light semantic, but one would hope 
that more domain specific languages would have enough semantics in the 
core language for appropriate styling.

> @styleattr style all;
> @styleattr print-style print;

That's predicated on mixing style and contents, which is contrary to the 
aim of CSS.  Although they tend to get used in examples, to keep the 
example small, style attributes are discouraged in HTML.

You would need to ask the implementors whether they treat style 
attributes specially, or just stuff them in the DOM and then recognize them.

David Woolley
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