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Re: :click pseudo element

From: Brad Kemper <brad.kemper@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2011 18:12:48 -0800
Message-Id: <49BA152F-EEC2-4734-A85F-50705D3BFF26@gmail.com>
Cc: thomasin a <nevereatredjellybeans@gmail.com>, "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
To: "Linss, Peter" <peter.linss@hp.com>
Perhaps something like ':visited' that doesn't require leaving the page, and which expires after any transitions and animations associated with it have completed?

On Feb 7, 2011, at 5:41 PM, "Linss, Peter" <peter.linss@hp.com> wrote:

> On Jan 29, 2011, at 2:19 PM, thomasin a 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. 
> 1) :hover is a pseudo class, not a pseudo element.
> 2) Pseudo classes (in general) reflect some state or attribute of the element that isn't otherwise (easily/reliably) detectable in CSS. Pseudo elements represent some structure of the document that isn't part of the DOM.
> 3) Being hovered over is a state, a click is an event.
> There is the :active pseudo class which may well apply while something is being clicked on (provided a click "activates" it, which is not defined by CSS currently, though there was work in this direction a while back).
> Having said all that, while a :click pseudo class doesn't really work (neither does a ::click pseudo element), there are use cases for triggering transitions and animations on events. We've discussed this also in the past but haven't gotten any good answers yet.
> Peter
Received on Tuesday, 8 February 2011 02:13:32 UTC

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