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Re: CSS feature request

From: Andrew Fedoniouk <news@terrainformatica.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 15:03:02 -0700
Message-ID: <48641216.2000309@terrainformatica.com>
To: Roedy Green <roedyg@mindprod.com>
CC: www-style@w3.org

Roedy Green wrote:
> The big thing CSS is missing is named constants. You will find 
> yourself mentioning the same colour or group of fonts, or font size 
> over and over. You must make bulk search/replace changes. The problem 
> is when two things temporarily, incidentally have the same colour, you 
> canít change just some of them without manually examining each 
> instance carefully. The problem is analogous to using literals in Java 
> programs instead of named constants.
> If you could simply assign a name to a colour, font family group, font 
> size etc, then you could make a change in only one place and have it 
> ripple though the entire style sheet.
> Until CSS develops this ability, or something equivalent, you might 
> fudge it with a primitive macro preprocessor for CSS. However, such a 
> scheme would have all the drawbacks any language preprocessor has. You 
> would not be able to validate or edit the text with TopStyle, for example.
Use archives for last month or so. Discussed a lot already.

There are two proposals (in order of appearance) so far:

CSS @const per se: http://csswg.inkedblade.net/ideas/constants
And CSS @variables http://disruptive-innovations.com/zoo/cssvariables/

There is also a third one which I would classify as a @mixin

Andrew Fedoniouk.

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