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Re: :click pseudo element

From: Brad Kemper <brad.kemper@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2011 10:20:24 -0800
Cc: thomasin a <nevereatredjellybeans@gmail.com>, www-style@w3.org
Message-Id: <DDBCB339-0012-428C-A705-6995AC6B4D79@gmail.com>
To: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>

On Feb 7, 2011, at 9:08 AM, Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:

> On Sat, Jan 29, 2011 at 2:19 PM, thomasin a
> <nevereatredjellybeans@gmail.com> wrote:
>> In order to fully realise the use of the new CSS3 transformation and transition abilities, I think a :click pseudo element needs to be added, identical to :hover but with the click being the trigger instead. I have noticed a lot of people want it, instead reverting to a few short lines of Javascript when instead you could make a CSS and HTML pure site, with the code being a lot simpler and easy to understand too.
>> 
>> I hope you've considered this, and will consider it, because it is a Javascript function I use almost every time I program, and it would be a lot easier and useful to have it in CSS as well.
> 
> The :active pseudoclass is what you want.  On devices that use a
> mouse, :active matches while you're clicking on the element.  On other
> types of devices with different interactions, :active matches at the
> appropriate time.
> 
> If someone is using js just to change some CSS while people click on
> something, please tell them to just use :active.  ^_^

It'd be nice to have a way to replicate radio-button behavior. Something like:

a:clicked(odd) { /* on state */ }
a:clicked(even) { /* off state */ }

... where only a mouse-up counted as as 'clicked'. 

Although it would be better if there was some sort of actual binary state that could be attached to any element and styled.
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