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RE: !important

From: Wendy A Chisholm <wendy@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2001 13:38:33 -0400
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To: Joel Sanda <joels@ecollege.com>, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Cc: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org

Results for IE 5.5:

IE 5.5 for Windows gives the user's !important precedence over the author's 
!important.  However, it only takes effect after opening a new page; a 
refresh doesn't make all of the changes.

I used the attached user style sheet to look at Joel's example page.  Since 
he only declared font-size as important, that's the only thing I can't 
change w/my style sheet with a page refresh. Once I  open it in a new page 
i get the smaller font and the serif font-family (rather than arial as he 
defined).  Changes in text color take effect with a page refresh.


At 10:48 AM 7/17/01 , Joel Sanda wrote:
>Opera 5.12 for Windows seems to handle the !important declaration. Opera,
>though, can be trickier to test than Netscape or IE because of its
>flexibility with style sheets.
>I tossed an example up here:
>The example's a bit extreme - the p class is defined as arial, 20em, red,
>and declared important. The final paragraph (p.you) (way past the huge red
>letters <grin>) is defined as arial, 20em; black.
>Opera 5.12 (Windows) will not override the normal p class, but will allow me
>to modify the p class with user preferences or by loading an external user
>style sheet.
>This should conform to CSS Level 1.
>Joel Sanda
>Product Manager
> > p. 303.873.7400 x3021
> > f.  303.632.1721
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Wendy A Chisholm [mailto:wendy@w3.org]
>Sent: Monday, July 16, 2001 5:14 PM
>To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
>Cc: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
>Subject: !important
>Does anyone know if current user agents have implemented !important as
>defined in CSS1 or as in CSS2 - i.e. in CSS1 the author has preference, in
>CSS2 it's the user.
>I'm assuming it's per the CSS1 spec since that is more widely implemented
>than CSS2.
>Sorry for the cross-post.  Please provide a reference with your response.
>WebReview only shows !important in the CSS1 chart and not the CSS2 list
>(which  they warn is not complete).
>wendy a chisholm
>world wide web consortium
>web accessibility initiative
>seattle, wa usa
>tel: +1 206.706.5263

wendy a chisholm
world wide web consortium
web accessibility initiative
seattle, wa usa
tel: +1 206.706.5263
Received on Tuesday, 17 July 2001 13:31:26 UTC

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