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Re: CSS Attribute Proposal

From: Anne van Kesteren <fora@annevankesteren.nl>
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2004 08:31:39 +0200
Message-ID: <4124494B.8020402@annevankesteren.nl>
To: "W. Leon Sutton, Jr." <wsuttonjr@hyponiqs.com>
CC: www-style@w3.org

> Looking at the above code, imagine what it'd be like if you were to have two
> or more separate page elements that required these corners in order for the
> page's design to flow properly.  What if, also, those other elements were
> different sizes than the original?  That'd be a very big problem, indeed, as
> CSS is supposed to eliminate more code than it adds.  This being the case,
> problems like this defeat the entire purpose of CSS, which is, need I remind
> you again, to make it simpler.

You might want to look at the CSS3 Border Module[1]

> Now, here's the question.  What if you could simplify all of that into one
> CSS class and one HTML element?  Right now, as I've stated, you can't really
> do that, unless you have a fixed size titlebar.  In that case a simple
> background would do the trick.  But if it's an auto sizing titlebar, well,
> you're limited to the way I just stated or a variation thereof.  There could
> be a possibility of adding a different background CSS attribute for each
> background you'd want to add, but to my knowledge, each new background
> attribute would override those that come before it.

And if the CSS3 Border Module won't do. I guess generated content can do 
the trick[2].

> You should also make note that the above example could be shortened down
> even further by combining the 'container' DIV and the H3 HTML elements and
> CSS classes.  I did it this way, however, to give a clearer understanding of
> the task at hand.

This is maybe already possible using CSS 2.1[3]

> Another nifty idea would be the addition of a CSS attribute that would allow
> for absolutely positioning backgrounds, but that's another topic,
> altogether.

I don't understand.

> Note: If there are any articles about this topic, please do feel free to
> contact me at wlsuttonjr@hyponiqs.com so that I can look them over.  I
> glanced briefly at the content provided by this site and found nothing on
> the matter.

You should really look into the CSS3 Modules before proposing anything 
new. Most cool features are thought of.


  Anne van Kesteren
Received on Thursday, 19 August 2004 06:32:08 UTC

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