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Re: [cssom] Drop support for alternative stylesheets?

From: Felix Miata <mrmazda@earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 29 Aug 2013 11:02:54 -0400
Message-ID: <521F629E.8000905@earthlink.net>
To: www-style@w3.org
On 2013-08-29 16:17 (GMT+0200) Simon Pieters composed:

> In the context of this bug

>      https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=22479

Tyranny of the majority.

> it was suggested that it may be time to drop support for alternative
> stylesheets in the Web platform.

> In data set 18/06/2013 http://webdevdata.org I see 368 sites out of 53,000
> using alternate stylesheets (with <link>), so that's 0.7%.

I use them. Some of my pages need them.

> Only Firefox support
> the CSSOM APIs for switching stylesheet sets. (Don't know about IE11.)

News to me. Firefox is not the only Mozilla browser.
http://geckoisgecko.org/
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=334967

> My proposal right now is, for the sake of discussion, to drop everything
> that has to do with alternative stylesheets (which most closely matches
> what WebKit and Blink do today). Are Mozilla and Microsoft OK with that?

Already devolving standards have destroyed much of my work and that of others 
designing competently by coercing Mozilla to implement the inane 1:1 equation 
of a pt unit to a px unit. Don't destroy more by coercing Mozilla to reduce 
to WebKit's level yet further. It's already done so much of that on its own 
that my need for different profiles and installed versions for Firefox and 
SeaMonkey has recently increased from 4 each to 5 each to retain support of 
lost function in newer versions. It's really disconcerting to need to 
"update" pages with notification that a page will only work properly in 
certain browsers or only in older browser versions.
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