[whatwg] <figure><img><* caption>

Tab Atkins Jr. jackalmage at gmail.com
Tue Dec 1 07:15:36 PST 2009

On Tue, Dec 1, 2009 at 9:07 AM, Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt at lachy.id.au> wrote:
> Applying reset styles alone and making all elements look the same basically
> defeats the purpose of being able to use a range of different elements, and
> is very likely not what an author would ultimately want.

Heh, you either want consistent styling, in which case you use a
reset, or you want element-specific styling, in which you don't.
Can't have it both ways.  ^_^

> Reset styles are just used to give different elements a more level playing
> field for new styles, and so authors would then still have to go through all
> the elements and style them appropriately for use as a caption.  Plus,
> authors have to worry about cascading issues from other styles in their own
> stylesheets.
> Say, for instance, an author had applied special styles to paragraphs in
> some special type of section:
> #foo p { margin-left: 1em; }
> And then a content writer puts a figure in there using <p caption>, but the
> CSS author failed to adequately account for figures being used in that
> section, despite doing:
> p[caption] { margin: 0; }
> Due to specificity, the first rule would apply regardless and the caption
> would get a potentially unwanted margin.
> I know there are ways to work around the issue, such as using !important or
> finding ways to increase the specificity of the latter selector, but the
> point is that introducing unnecessary element clashes creates needless
> complexities that should be avoided.

This is a valid complaint.


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