[whatwg] Default (informal) Style Sheet
asbjorn at ulsberg.no
Mon Apr 2 03:52:37 PDT 2007
On Mon, 02 Apr 2007 09:59:50 +0200, Sander Tekelenburg <st at isoc.nl> wrote:
> Defining preseantation up to *that* level is no problem IMO.
Great! Then let's.
> The current (HTML 4) spec already does so, and in fact this is no
> more than a translation of HTML's distinction between block and inline
> level elements to CSS terminology.
That translation already leads to a plethora of different results,
CSS-wise. Is the whitespace around a <p> margin or padding? What is the
default style of <li> elements? Do they have outside or inside alignment?
Padding or margin or both? What is their line-height? Please see my
example of <hr> as well, in my reply to Anne. The list goes on and on.
> I didn't get the impression from the OP though that the aim was to
> restrict specifying of presentational defaults to this level.
That's up to us to dicsuss. What level of presentation default we choose
to specify is not yet specified. ;-) Having some defaults is either way
better than having none, imho.
> (The OP said "informal" and "within limits", but didn't define that.)
I didn't define it for a reason.
> As I asked before: how does an author provided 'CSS zapper' not do that?
Should the HTML or CSS specification then encourage HTML and CSS authors
to use such a "zapper" to get expected visual results across browsers?
> How in fact does requiring default presentations remove the need for
> authors to provide 'CSS zappers'?
You can't require anything with informal (non-normative) language. It's
just the normative part of the specification that can be required and
enforced. I proposed it as "informal fragments" for a reason, and even if
the browser vendors aren't required to implement it, I assume having the
styles defined will over time improve interoperability and as Anne points
out, make it easier for browser startups to get ahead of existing
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