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Re: Proposal For Outline Markup Scheme For HTML 3.0

From: Paul Prescod <papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 1995 08:57:55 -0400
Message-Id: <199507201257.IAA22909@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
To: bsittler@prism.nmt.edu (Benjamin C. W. Sittler), "Chris Tilbury" <C.J.Tilbury@estate.warwick.ac.uk>
Cc: www-html@www10.w3.org
>1. Why have the OUTLINE attribute at all? Just use stylesheets, giving
>   collapsing/noncollapsing behaviour on the basis of ID or (better yet) a
>   presentation-specific STYLE attribute. 

I do not see this outlining thing as requiring us to move back towards
presentation-specific.  We shun "BLINK" because we believe that anything
that blinks probably blinks for a reason.  It is somehow a different element
than things that do not blink.  Therefore the element should be named as
what it _is_, and BLINKing should be an attribute attached to that thing.

Similarly there must be a good reason why some elements are collapsed and
not others.  Perhaps the "top level" elements are expanded and all others
are collapsed.  That can be expressed either in the a CLASS attribute (i.e.
CLASS = TOPLEVEL) or with a sophisticated style-sheet "query" language(i.e.
HTML.BODY.UL[CLASS=Collapsible].LI.expanded = TRUE  ).

 Paul Prescod

Paul Prescod (papresco@calum.uwaterloo.ca)
Received on Thursday, 20 July 1995 08:58:29 UTC

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