To Simon, Brian, and Charles:

Thank you, that helps. I'll need to rewrite my rough draft into something clear, and cover a couple of cases that have occurred to me. I am not sure quite how formal or technical, or what specifics of format or presentation, a proposal to the group should be. So I'd welcome comments on that too, when I present the paper. There will probably be a few questions regarding how it would be done or potential problems, so I'll try to address those in the paper.

I'm a primary caregiver for my grandmother, who's an Alzheimer's patient. So my hours to do anything approximating work are spotty.

But I think the idea has merit, and I should have the document up on my website, at least some time this weekend, if not sooner. (My preference is to post it as HTML5+CSS3, rather than a Word .doc or OpenOffice .odt doc, but I can post those, if that's easier.)

Thanks, all,
Ben W.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: Proposal Submission How?
From: Simon Fraser <>
Date: Wed, August 17, 2011 10:12 am

Mail a link to your proposal to this list (preferably with a short summary of the proposal in the email).


On Aug 16, 2011, at 2:00 PM, wrote:

I would like to submit an idea for consideration to be included in a future version of CSS. How and where and to whom or to what working group do I submit an idea, and what format and requirements should be met?

The idea would be a useful addition to CSS and perhaps SVG, and the core concept might apply for other things within them. It would make code maintenance and usability/readability easier for designers. It's fairly simple and straightforward, and I have a rough draft currently, showing what it is, how it would function, and an example in CSS3 pseudocode. Possibly by CSS4?

The technical issues of implementing this idea seem, to me as a naive designer rather than an experienced programmer, to be merely in comparing against the given identifier list (supplied by the individual designer per project) and the predefined identifiers.

The only appropriate places I've found are to comment to this mailing list or the www-svg mailing list, or to join a new community or business group at the W3C.

Thanks in advance for replies.