Re: CSS 2.1 WD and non-CSS presentational hints

On Wednesday, August 28, 2002, 9:36:59 AM, Lachlan wrote:

LC> Could non-CSs presentational hints be defined as:

LC> "Any element of the markup which changes the display
LC> of an element, for which redifining that element to display
LC> in another way would not make sense."

No, the 'would not make sense' is dangerous. Its a default, but
changing it might well make perfect sense.

A common use case would be the stylistic attributes, for example
generated by XSLT which has problems generating CSS. These are clearly
presentational hints, the initial view of a document; since they have
zero specificity then any CSS subsequently applied to that document
restyles it. This makes perfect sense.

LC> Eg, using CSC to redefine b would be stupid, but using it to
LC> redefine strong makes sense.

A non-stupid restyling of (b> would be to use underlining, for
example (a common manuscript convention, where single and doubnle
underliningare used to indicate italics and bold to copy editors).


Received on Wednesday, 28 August 2002 10:14:01 UTC