Re: Fwd: Last call for css-style-attr

I think we should raise the issue of unitless values in SVG-defined  
properties yes.


On Fri, 22 Jan 2010 00:57:28 +0100, Doug Schepers <> wrote:

> Hi, SVG WG-
> See below the email from Bert about the LC of the CSS Styling Attributes  
> Level 1 spec.
> We should review this before 9 February, since it explicitly defines  
> behavior for CSS in SVG's @style.  It's very short... I read through it,  
> and didn't see anything to comment on, but there may be some subtlety I  
> missed.
> It doesn't talk about properties per se, thus says nothing about  
> properties defined in SVG vs. CSS.  Should we mention our thoughts about  
> whether or not units must be required for SVG-defined properties?
> Regards-
> -Doug
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Last call for css-style-attr
> Resent-Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2010 22:23:39 +0000
> Resent-From:
> Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2010 23:23:06 +0100
> From: Bert Bos <>
> To:
> The CSS WG published a new working draft for "CSS Styling Attributes
> Level 1" (previously known as "Syntax of CSS rules in HTML's 'style'
> attribute"), which contains a last call for comments.
>> From the abstract:
>      Markup languages such as HTML [HTML40] and SVG [SVG11] provide
>      a styling attribute on most elements, to hold a fragment of a style
>      sheet that applies to those elements. One of the possible style
>      sheet languages is CSS. This draft describes the syntax and
>      interpretation of the CSS fragment that can be used in such styling
>      attributes.
> We didn't ask you beforehand if the (short) review period, until
> February 9, was a problem for anybody: sorry about that. If your group
> needs more time, please let us know.
> But the review shouldn't be difficult. The draft just repeats, in a more
> convenient form, what HTML defines since twelve years. The history and
> raison-d'ĂȘtre of this draft is as follows:
> Originally, only HTML had a STYLE attribute and the HTML specification
> defined its syntax. (And HTML4 is still the current official reference
> for that attribute.) When the HTML WG started XHTML1, it decided that
> the syntax and meaning of that attribute, when it contained CSS, was a
> matter for the CSS WG, not the HTML WG, and thus the CSS WG started a
> working draft. (Some ideas for enhancements that floated around at the
> time were also added to that draft. They never became popular and are no
> longer there.) XHTML1 was finished before this WD, however, and the WD
> became a low-priority item for several years. That ended when the new
> HTML WG, now working on HTML5, renewed the request to have a document to
> reference.
> This time we plan to finish the specification before the HTML WG
> finishes its. That shouldn't be difficult: there are no doubt hundreds
> of implementations of this specification already. :-)
> For the CSS WG,
> Bert

Erik Dahlstrom, Core Technology Developer, Opera Software
Co-Chair, W3C SVG Working Group
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