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Re: Input on the agenda

From: G. Wade Johnson <gwadej@anomaly.org>
Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2009 06:55:34 -0500
To: Philip Taylor <pjt47@cam.ac.uk>
Cc: Robin Berjon <robin@berjon.com>, Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>, www-svg WG <www-svg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20090318065534.59c58a34@sovvan>
On Wed, 18 Mar 2009 11:19:10 +0000
Philip Taylor <pjt47@cam.ac.uk> wrote:

> Robin Berjon wrote:
> > On Mar 18, 2009, at 09:24 , Jonas Sicking wrote:
> >> It would be great if we could allow the same set of tags to affect
> >> the parser the same way in both HTML mode and in foreign content
> >> mode. The only two tags that seem troublesome here is <script> and
> >> <style>. It sounds like it might possibly might be agreement that
> >> it would be possible to parse <script> as CDATA, which would leave
> >> <style> as the only remaining controversial tag.
> > 
> > I think it could be acceptable to break <style> for SVG. While
> > <script> is commonplace, <style> is pretty rare as a) it's not in
> > Tiny, 2) using CSS for SVG is only useful in some limited cases,
> > and iii) external style sheets are generally preferred and are
> > brought in with a PI.
> 
> It might be nice to quantify "pretty rare".

I agree. Since most of the SVG I've produced in the last 6ish years has
used <style>.

> Looking at a random 300 SVG files from Wikipedia six months ago, I
> see 3 using <style>:
> 
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Components_of_the_United_States_money_supply2.svg
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Dice_analogy-_5_dimensions.svg
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Johnston_Diagram-_B.svg
> 
> Those are all pretty straightforward styling of text, and the CSS has
> no funny characters like '<' or anything.
> 
> So... This is very far from conclusive evidence about anything, but
> it does suggest that some people use <style> but they wouldn't mind
> if it was parsed as CDATA. (It'd be nice to have a way of checking a
> wider range of SVG content for these kinds of issues...)

G. Wade
-- 
Trying to outsmart a compiler defeats much of the purpose of using one.
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