Fwd: New last call for CSS 2.1

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From: "Bert Bos" <bert@w3.org>
To: chairs@w3.org
Cc: w3c-html-cg@w3.org
Subject: New last call for CSS 2.1
Date: Thu, 02 Dec 2010 17:28:15 +0100

Hello chairs,

During the current CR period for CSS 2.1, a number of new issues came
up, causing enough changes that the CSS WG decided to publish another
WD, before (hopefully) requesting PR status. The hope is that the
revised CSS level 2 will then be Recommendation around March.

We will send the last call as soon as possible and comments will be open
in principle for four weeks, i.e., until early January. Let us know if
you need more time to review the document.

We have traditionally asked the following groups, or their predecessors,
to review CSS 2.1: WAI PF, HTML, XSL, I18N Core, and SVG. Do they you
want to do so again?

The internal draft is here:


The "Changes" chapter has all changes since 1998, but you might want to
look specifically at section C.7[1], which has the changes relative to
the current CR.

Some important changes are:

    - Stricter error recovery: A UA must no longer accept only valid
      extensions, but also handle syntactically invalid input exactly as
      the spec prescribes.

    - No absolute units anymore, except in print media. The units cm, in,
      pt, pc, and mm are no longer the ISO units, but are aliases for
      a certain number of px (96px in the case of in). The px itself is
      undefined (except in print media), but the previous definition is

    - The position of list bullets that would previously overlap floating
      elements, or that belong to list items with scrollbars, is made
      largely undefined, in preparation for new definitions in level 3.

    - Font family names containing numbers or punctuation must now be
      quoted. (Some browsers had trouble with declarations
      like 'font-family: Univers 56'.)

    - XML and HTML5 do not automatically remove insignificant white space,
      unlike SGML and HTML4, so CSS itself now defines what white space to
      ignore, specifically inside table elements, to avoid that HTML5
      documents create unexpected, empty table cells.

There is a mechanically generated diff version[2], but its readability
varies a lot from chapter to chapter...

[1] http://www.w3.org/Style/Group/css2-src/changes.html#errata3
[2] http://www.w3.org/Style/Group/css2-src/diffs-wd/cover.html

For the CSS WG,

Received on Friday, 3 December 2010 11:46:29 UTC