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CSS3 Smell and Taste...?

From: Kjetil Kjernsmo <kjetil.kjernsmo@astro.uio.no>
Date: Sun, 24 Oct 1999 21:59:14 +0200 (MET DST)
To: www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.OSF.4.05.9910231111080.29364-100000@rasalhague>
Dear all,

I had a weird idea the other day (well, night).
Thinking about a web page as not only cross-browser and cross-platform,
but also cross-sensory, I figured that my pages (at least some...) are
accessible by vision. I think they are accessible by hearing too, and hope
they are accessible by feeling (i.e. braille), but how about smell and
taste? It is probably little information for a human to get from this, but
having a stylesheet for future taste and smell-devices might be an
idea...? I mean, the CSS community is quite used to be well ahead of

Smell and taste are rather complex physiological issues, and I really
don't know where to go from here. I once heard that there are about a 1000
additives in candy and snacks that approximates most tastes. So, I imagine
a 1-bit device making e.g. bitter and sweet, a 10-bit device making all
the 1000, and that authors can supply compound tastes like fonts are
supplied in CSS2, and if the user doesn't have a full 10-bit device, the
taste-browser must degrade gracefully to an approximation.

@compund-taste {
          taste-family: chicken;
          src: url("http://site/taste/chicken.tdf")
SPAN.chicken {
	taste-family: chicken;

<P>You're a <SPAN class="chicken">Chicken</SPAN>!</P>

There has to be mechanisms that says when the tastes and smells occour and
disappear, how strong they are, and so on. 

Just an idea....


Kjetil Kjernsmo
Graduate astronomy-student                    Problems worthy of attack
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E-mail: kjetikj@astro.uio.no                                - Piet Hein
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