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From: Laurens Holst <lholst@students.cs.uu.nl>
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2005 12:15:22 +0100
Message-ID: <420B424A.3000409@students.cs.uu.nl>
To: www-style@w3.org
Cc: Jesper Tverskov <jesper.tverskov@mail.tele.dk>

Jesper Tverskov wrote:
> I am talking about XHTML 1.1 served as xml. If you validate such a page,
> the id attribute in the html element is ok but not the class attribute.
> Since I would like to be able to validate my pages, I can't use the
> class attribute in the html element but it is true that the browsers
> don't care. They only test for well-formedness.
> Nice to know that Opera considers it a bug, what about Amaya? It is much
> more important to convince the web community why such a radical new
> approach to the body and the html elements is necessary when XHTML is
> served as xml.
> Web developers are going to hate W3C for this, and it's going to make
> the transition to an xml based internet more difficult. The arguments
> for such a radical new approach better be good or the new approach will
> help undermine the authority of the W3C.

 From what I gather, you are talking about the fact that in an XHTML 
page, the body tag doesn’t automatically gain the height of the 
viewport, but instead sizes to the content like any other box does, right?

I don’t see what is so ‘radical’ about it. You make it seem as if the 
world has just ended, and this would threaten the very position of the 
W3C. What a nonsense. This behavior is well-documented, I knew this 
would be different and I had no trouble adjusting my pages to cope with 
this whatsoever, it was very easy. body { height: 100% } will usually do 
the trick. And in the end, the behaviour is more logical.

On a sidenote, obviously there is no real need for either an id or a 
class attribute on the html element (from a styling perspective at 
least) as it only occurs once in a document.

 > Web developers are going to hate W3C for this

I think web developers have worse things on their minds, such as making 
their pages style correctly on IE, or struggling with 
three-column-layouts, or one of the many other bothersome issues with 
using CSS in a practical environment, than to be bothered about such a 
trivial thing :).


Ushiko-san! Kimi wa doushite, Ushiko-san nan da!!
Received on Thursday, 10 February 2005 11:16:10 UTC

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