[whatwg] Semantic styling languages in the guise of HTML attributes.

Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis bhawkeslewis at googlemail.com
Wed Jan 3 03:09:23 PST 2007

Hallvord R M Steen wrote:
> Do you volunteer for the job of going through all "role" values
> and all current HTML element semantics and define which one takes
> presedence in each possible conflict? Matthew's point is that this
> task itself is massive.

Since both roles and microformats are open extension mechanisms, it's a
moving target and specifying rules of precedence would become harder and
harder, and impose a greater and greater burden of testing on extension
spec writers, as more and more roles and microformats are added.

One way to manage this complexity would be to group roles and
microformats into /types/ and set rules of precedence for those types.
Which could be done, but I don't see anyone doing it.

Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis

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