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Re: Reconsider SVG 1.2

From: Cameron McCormack <cam-www-svg@aka.mcc.id.au>
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 17:32:43 +1100
To: www-svg@w3.org
Message-ID: <20041118063243.GA3080@mcc.id.au>

Jon Ferraiolo:
> Despite your good points, it is unlikely that SVG's use of CSS, SVG's 
> specificity rules, and SVG's ability to deploy user agent stylesheets will 
> get modified in SVG 1.2 whether or not you are correct. All of the 
> decisions were made in the SVG 1.0 timeframe after much (sometimes very 
> heated) debate, and the Web Accessibility team was involved in the process. 

User stylesheets work reasonably well with XHTML (assuming the page has
been authored with the possibility of different desired font sizes,
colours, etc. in mind) but very poorly with SVG.  This is only because
SVG is at a much lower level than XHTML.  I wonder whether, in the future
when XBL, user stylesheets will become usable for SVG.  If SVG documents
are created mostly with XBL components, and if instantiations of these
XBL components can be styled, then I think it should be possible.  This
could require some de facto standard properties being used--such as a
"constrast" property to control the type of effect Jonathan showed in
his example the other week.

For artwork such user stylesheets probably wouldn't be so useful, but
certainly in the diagram and web application domains it would be the way
to go, assuming CSS is here to stay. ;-)


Cameron McCormack
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