W3C home > Mailing lists > Public > www-style@w3.org > September 2011

Re: [selectors4] Selectors 4 and Variables

From: Tantek Çelik <tantek@cs.stanford.edu>
Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2011 06:51:02 +0000
Message-ID: <667927560-1317365464-cardhu_decombobulator_blackberry.rim.net-1661999765-@b27.c18.bise6.blackberry>
To: "Daniel Glazman" <daniel.glazman@disruptive-innovations.com>,"www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
I concur with Daniel's reasoning.

Given the choice I prefer to use $ for variables rather than selectors.

I don't know about ! as a prefix (I've always found it counterintuitively confusing even in the use of !important) but I don't have alternate suggestions either.


also a former editor of Selectors
(Speaking of which, I'd be fine with next versions of modules moving previous editors to an Acks section at end if present at all rather than listing at the top)

-----Original Message-----
From: Daniel Glazman <daniel.glazman@disruptive-innovations.com>
Sender: www-style-request@w3.org
Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2011 08:36:36 
To: www-style@w3.org<www-style@w3.org>
Subject: [selectors4] Selectors 4 and Variables

(resent with the correct subject line, sorry for that)

Hi there,

Both Selectors 4 and Variables now use the $ to represent something.
I think this is wrong and will lead to CSS maintainance issues
for web authors since a textual search for $p inside a style sheet will
retrieve not only the definitions/calls to variable p but also the
selectors having for subject a p. If this case will be probably be rare
- but real - in the html world, it could be bigger in the xml one.
I don't want to see that happen.

I really have the gut feeling we should use different char descriptors
here. Long, really long ago, I proposed to use !. I still think this is
the best option, something very visual meaning an emphasis on the
corresponding simple selector.

On another note, there is a typo in the Selectors 4 document, section 2:
"$E > F" does not represent "an E element parent of an E element" but
"an E element parent of an F element"

</Daniel>, original author and former editor of Selectors3

Received on Friday, 30 September 2011 06:51:36 UTC

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.4.0 : Friday, 25 March 2022 10:08:04 UTC