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RE: @import -- allow at any place in stylesheet.

From: Sylvain Galineau <sylvaing@microsoft.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 23:59:23 +0000
To: Marat Tanalin | tanalin.com <mtanalin@yandex.ru>, David Woolley <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>
CC: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
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[Marat Tanalin:]
> 17.01.2012, 12:18, "David Woolley" <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>:
> > Marat Tanalin | tanalin.com wrote:
> >
> >>  Hello. It makes sense to allow @import at any place in CSS stylesheet.
> >
> > Regardless of any reasons for the original decision, this sort of
> > change is extremely likely to produce style sheets that do not degrade
> > gracefully on older browsers (some of which may be fixed in silicon),
> > so it would not be safe to use on the public internet for about a
> > decade after introduction.
> >
> > --
> > David Woolley
> > Emails are not formal business letters, whatever businesses may want.
> > RFC1855 says there should be an address here, but, in a world of spam,
> > that is no longer good advice, as archive address hiding may not work.
> This is obvious, and such comments are completely useless here. 

No, this is not a 'useless' comment. CSS must allow older parsers to ignore 
old features in such a way that you can add new features in your existing 
stylesheet without breaking your site in older browsers. So no, we do not 
have the luxury of ignoring the past and doing whatever we want to the

Note that using a frequently dismissive tone in comments is both unnecessary 
and unwarranted. Based on the evidence you have provided thus far the vast 
majority of contributors on this mailing list know *at least* as much as you do. 
Asking questions to clarify why others think differently will be far more helpful
to you and everyone else than calling their feedback 'useless'. Thanks.
Received on Wednesday, 18 January 2012 00:00:24 UTC

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