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Re: [CSS21] Question on "Applies to:" information

From: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>
Date: Tue, 08 Nov 2011 23:39:25 +0100
To: "L. David Baron" <dbaron@dbaron.org>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <kebjb79dac47jng0r22lqt7bkg2g7qdohu@hive.bjoern.hoehrmann.de>
* L. David Baron wrote:
>I think we should remove the "Applies To:" lines from our specs.  I
>think any benefit gained from them is lost by their inaccuracy
>(since, given their length, they are often approximations).  They've
>led to substantial confusion when they've been incorrect (e.g., when
>early drafts of transitions said that the properties apply only to
>inlines and blocks).

The problem probably starts with the fact that neither the field nor the
field values link to proper definitions, so it's difficult to find out
what values are possible for the field (so you are aware of any gotchas
you may have to watch out for, for instance) and what values like "all
elements" mean (for example, whether that includes pseudo-elements). I'd
think we would need an analysis of how common inaccurate values are; if
they are rare, a "but see below" might be better than to strip it from
all properties. If the field is kept, it should link to definition and
index, and the standardized values should link to their definitions.
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