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Re: @import -- allow at any place in stylesheet.

From: Marat Tanalin | tanalin.com <mtanalin@yandex.ru>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 16:29:00 +0400
To: Sylvain Galineau <sylvaing@microsoft.com>
Cc: David Woolley <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>,www-style@w3.org
Message-Id: <511201326889740@web58.yandex.ru>
18.01.2012, 03:59, "Sylvain Galineau" <sylvaing@microsoft.com>:
> [Marat Tanalin:]
>
>> š17.01.2012, 12:18, "David Woolley" <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>:
>>> šMarat Tanalin | tanalin.com wrote:
>>>> ššHello. It makes sense to allow @import at any place in CSS stylesheet.
>>> šRegardless of any reasons for the original decision, this sort of
>>> šchange is extremely likely to produce style sheets that do not degrade
>>> šgracefully on older browsers (some of which may be fixed in silicon),
>>> šso it would not be safe to use on the public internet for about a
>>> šdecade after introduction.
>>>
>>> š--
>>> šDavid Woolley
>>> šEmails are not formal business letters, whatever businesses may want.
>>> šRFC1855 says there should be an address here, but, in a world of spam,
>>> šthat is no longer good advice, as archive address hiding may not work.
>> šThis is obvious, and such comments are completely useless here.
>
> No, this is not a 'useless' comment. CSS must allow older parsers to ignore
> old features in such a way that you can add new features in your existing
> stylesheet without breaking your site in older browsers. So no, we do not
> have the luxury of ignoring the past and doing whatever we want to the
> syntax.

@import between and after rules is successfully ignored by all browsers including even IE6, and rest part of stylesheet is successfully parsed and applied. So your current note is apparently purely theoretical (though generally somewhat reasonable).

> Note that using a frequently dismissive tone in comments is both unnecessary
> and unwarranted. Based on the evidence you have provided thus far the vast
> majority of contributors on this mailing list know *at least* as much as you do.
> Asking questions to clarify why others think differently will be far more helpful
> to you and everyone else than calling their feedback 'useless'. Thanks.

If something is obvious, repeating it is just information noise, and therefore useless -- regardless of why has someone said this. No dismissive tone, just clarification. Would it be better to just ignore such useless comments? -- I'm not sure it would.
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