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Re: CSS WG comments on SVG 1.2

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2004 10:18:37 +0000 (UTC)
To: Antoine Quint <ml@graougraou.com>
Cc: Bert Bos <bert@w3.org>, www-svg@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.61.0411291015080.24069@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Mon, 29 Nov 2004, Antoine Quint wrote:
>> Several properties in SVG 1.2 (including 'enable-background', 
>> 'overlay', 'cache', 'static', 'snap', 'focusable', 'tooltip') have 
>> names that are likely to clash with future CSS extensions. Since the 
>> SVG-introduced properties apply only to specific SVG cases, whereas the 
>> CSS properties are generic, we request that the SVG property names be 
>> made more specific to avoid future clashes.
> Although you are probably aware, the reason for this type of issue is 
> that CSS doesn't offer any way to "package" property names and ensure 
> avoiding clashes with other vocabularies.

Prefixing every property with "svg-" would do that.

However, since the properties are cascaded for every single element in the 
tree, regardless of namespace, a property only applying to one namespace 
should be a warning sign anyway, which is one reason that the CSS working 
group hasn't introduced a mechanism to do what you describe.

> One way to solve the CSS WG issue is that these new attributes could 
> remain XML attributes and not be made available too via CSS mechanisms. 

Personally, for many of the above properties I think that would be much 
better. For example, the 'focusable' property doesn't seem like something 
you'd want to change from a stylesheet.

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