Re: [Bulk] Suggestion for new link pseudo-class :current (or similar


apologies if I've failed to understand your query...

"pseudo-class that refers only to URLs that match the currently  
loaded page"

however if this is the nub, accessibility may suggest that the  
current page should not have links to itself.
check WCAG


Jonathan Chetwynd

On 30 Jul 2007, at 08:54, Grey Hodge wrote:

It's entirely possible I'm an idiot, however, I think I see an  
opportunity for
a useful addition to the link pseudo-classes. states:

"The :link pseudo-class applies for links that have not yet been  
"The :visited pseudo-class applies once the link has been visited by  
the user."

Recently I've been building a site, and using a new idea on a  
navigation menu.
Once you get beyond a few pages, it's tedious to manage a code block  
pages, so one resorts to server side scripting to manage it. In this  
case, the
current page's entry in the menu is styled differently than the rest to
indicate the user's current location in the site.

However, I realized that maybe rather than changing the menu HTML  
server side,
I could just use a pseudo-class and style it differently, as one can  
unvisited and visited links styled differently automatically by the  
To my dismay, I discovered there is currently no method to do this.

My idea, which I'm certain has been bandied about a dozen times  
before, is to
add a :current (or some other name) pseudo-class that refers only to  
URLs that
match the currently loaded page, and can be styled differently  
like :visited
and :link. Already browsers have to determine if an URL is unvisited  
or not,
so I don't really see that this additional check would be a greater  
onus than
what they already do, and it could make life a little easier on  
less server side scripting.

Comments? I'd love to hear support, but also I'd like to hear why  
this would
be a bad idea.


Grey Hodge
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  motto [ Make everything as simple as possible, but no simpler. -  
Einstein ]

Received on Wednesday, 1 August 2007 06:49:34 UTC