[whatwg] Stylesheet Links (was: Re: Menus, fallback, and backwards compatibility: ideas wanted)

Lachlan Hunt lachlan.hunt at lachy.id.au
Tue Dec 20 02:47:51 PST 2005

Ian Hickson wrote:
> On Thu, 15 Dec 2005, Lachlan Hunt wrote:
> (Though <link rel="stylesheet"> could be replaced by <style src=""> -- 
> already supported by browsers

I wasn't aware of that being implemented at all, though it would make 
sense to do it just like <script src="">.  However, the only browser I 
could find that has implemented it is IE5/Mac, which is obsolete anyway. 
   IE6/Win, Opera, Firefox, Camino, Safari, iCab and OmniWeb don't 
support it.

> or obsoleted only for XHTML, in favour of <?xml-stylesheet>, as far as stylesheets go.)

Are there any XHTML UAs that don't support that?  If not, I think that 
would be acceptable.

>> <style>@import;</style> could have been an acceptable alternative to link if 
>> IE didn't have annoying bugs with it.
> It's not like IE doesn't have bugs with <link rel="stylesheet">...

I'm quite sure it does, though I'm not aware of any.  But its bugs and 
incomplete support for @import seem worse.  For example, IE doesn't 
support media queries on @import, or even apply @media print{} 
stylesheets linked using @import, but does with link.  At least with 
<link>, I get relatively predictable behaviour.

Lachlan Hunt

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