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Re: [selectors4] :not and :matches specificity (was :not(a, b) vs. :not(a):not(b)

From: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:43:42 -0700
Message-ID: <516EFB6E.9090906@inkedblade.net>
To: www-style@w3.org
On 03/19/2013 05:43 PM, Peter Moulder wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 02:34:39PM +0100, Simon Sapin wrote:
>> Le 19/03/2013 14:14, Peter Moulder a écrit :
>>> ...
>>> There's an issue open as to whether the specificity of :matches should change
>> >from max specificity to something else, though that issue was raised before
>>> :not was changed to take a selector list, so there isn't yet a corresponding
>>> proposal as to how or whether the specificity of :not(a, b) might change if
>>> that proposal for :matches(a, b) were to be adopted.
> Possibilities include:
>    1. Keeping as max (which would then become the only selector to use max).
>    2. Same specificity as a pseudo-class.
>    3. change to sum, so that :not(a, b) would in fact have the same specificity
>       as :not(a):not(b).
>    4. Drop the list argument feature of :not.

Tab and I think the best thing to do here is go with the max. IMO this is
actually the most natural interpretation. It also solves the problem of a
chain of :not()s awkward increasing the specificity to some absurdly high
amount, e.g.


This is taken directly from the HTML5 spec. Note also the awkward wrapping,
which is required here.

We can't do #2 because it already introspects in Level 3. Options #3 and #4
don't provide any added utility.

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