Re: question about "presentation attributes"

On Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 6:23 PM, David Dailey <> wrote:
> But in the list at
> , I seem to
> be missing something.
> a)      Am I to understand that as in the above table we might apply, for
> example, the font-stretch attribute to the feColor matrix filter? I’m not
> sure what that would mean. Maybe I just never thought of differentially
> applying an feColor filter primitive to things that have had their fonts
> stretched. It is sort of a fun idea, of course.

Saying "here's all the presentation attributes, and here's all the
elements that can take at least one presentation attribute" is just
easier than listing everything out individually.  Applying the
'font-stretch' property to <feColorMatrix> doesn't actually do

> b)      When it says that “the plan is to allow all SVG elements to be
> stylable” does this mean that all elements should be selectable by CSS?

All elements are already selectable by CSS - they exist in the DOM,
and Selectors can grab any of them.  You might be asking about whether
all elements *generate boxes* ("box" being a technical term in CSS for
"something that appears in the layout tree, and will probably be
rendered", roughly), and the answer is no.

I'm not actually sure what the issue is trying to say - all elements
are styleable already, in that they can all receive CSS properties,
and you can observe this via inheritance.

> c)        Does it mean that all attributes (presentation or otherwise)
> should be stylable by CSS?

No, but the list of attributes that are "presentational" (meaning,
specifying them is identical to just setting a CSS property) is
planned to grow.

> d)      Does that mean that all attributes (and their values) should be
> animatable through CSS?

No attributes are animateable through CSS.  All the properties that
the presentation attributes map to are, though.

> Ultimately, can the example at be
> built declaratively, so that the placements of the ellipses as well as their
> distinct animations can be decided by CSS?

Assuming you're referring to animating the rx/ry and transform of each
of the ellipses, yes - 'transform' is already a CSS property, and the
rx/ry attributes are on the list of things planned to change to
presentation attributes.


Received on Thursday, 20 March 2014 01:46:13 UTC