[whatwg] Predefined classes are gone

Adrienne Travis altravis at eidolongroup.com
Thu May 17 09:22:35 PDT 2007

Is there still room for discussion regarding the /role/ attribute with
namespacing as an alternative? A lot of us loved the IDEA of
predefined "classes", but didn't like the idea of confusing THAT
mechanism with the CSS class mechanism.


On 5/16/07, Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:
> In response to overwhelming feedback on this issue (especially in blogs,
> forums, and mailing lists other than this one, like www-html and
> public-html) I've removed the predefined classes. They're opaque again.
> The main use cases for predefined classes can mostly be dealt with using
> some of the new elements. class=note and class=example, for instance, can
> instead use <aside> elements, class=copyright can use <small>, etc.
> --
> Ian Hickson               U+1047E                )\._.,--....,'``.    fL
> http://ln.hixie.ch/       U+263A                /,   _.. \   _\  ;`._ ,.
> Things that are impossible just take longer.   `._.-(,_..'--(,_..'`-.;.'

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