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Selectable text inside block level links (was Re: Clickable area for hyperlinks)

From: André Luís <me@andr3.net>
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2012 20:36:08 +0100
Message-Id: <3036F3C2-4B56-43E5-8C16-8FE7AFD69565@andr3.net>
Cc: "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>
To: www-style list <www-style@w3.org>

On Jun 14, 2012, at 6:51 PM, Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:

> On Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 10:36 AM, Simon Sapin <simon.sapin@kozea.fr> wrote:
>> Le 14/06/2012 19:04, Tab Atkins Jr. a écrit :
>>> The "actionable area" is just the element's own geometry, based on its
>>> display type and the relevant properties.   That's well-defined by the
>>> layout mode it's in.
>> Most box types have a margin/outer area, border area, padding area and
>> content area (each including the next). Which of these is the actionable
>> area? Where is this defined? In browsers it seems to be the margin/outer
>> area.
> Border area.  That's the area that hit-testing is done on.
> Hit-testing is not defined in CSS yet, unfortunately.

On a related albeit a bit offtopic-ish note (apologize for the hijack), block-level links have a "defect" of disabling text selection.

Tab (or anyone else, for that matter), 

given your experience, where do you think this "problem" is best tackled? The what-wg, here (www-style), bug reports on all user-agent trackers...?

And by block level links I'm referring to <a> with display:block; or <a> with block level elements inside (as permitted by the HTML5 spec).

Now, if you have a paragraph (or a long portion), that text is pretty much unselectable on all user agents apart from mobile, which can cause frustration when using them.

Thanks in advance...
André Luís
Received on Friday, 15 June 2012 19:36:42 UTC

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