Re: [CSS3] ltr and rtl pseudo-class proposal

On 17/03/2008, Alan Gresley <> wrote:
> Yes you are correct but I really miss the point why there is such a pseudo class as :lang in the first place since it's does nothing once the style sheet is disabled. I believe that [lang="val"] is much more suited and the semantic meaning is always in the source (accessible).
>  [lang="fr"] {..}
>  <span lang="fr"> ... </span>
>  [lang|="fr"] {..}
>  <html lang="fr"> ... </html>

No, :lang and [lang="fr"] are very different things. To give you a
more concrete example (the kind of things I run into every day),

<p lang=en> ... <cite>foo</cite> ... </p>

A [lang="en"] rule would not even match the CITE element. If such
matching is important (e.g., for proper display of English in a
Chinese page), the results are disastrous.

Because :lang did not work when I set up my sites, I have lots of
rules in the form of [lang=foo] * or even [lang=foo] * * so that
things can be more-or-less properly styled. It is a complete

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Received on Monday, 17 March 2008 18:37:14 UTC