[whatwg] A <link rel=stylesheet scoped> usecase

Kang-Hao (Kenny) Lu kennyluck at csail.mit.edu
Thu Jun 7 18:44:34 PDT 2012

(12/06/08 7:28), Ian Hickson wrote:
> It still seems like a bit of an edge case, so I think it's ok for us
> to continue to rely on @import for this for now. But we should keep
> an eye out for how often people use this technique; if it is indeed
> something  that comes up a lot, then introducing scoped="" on
> <link rel=stylesheet> would make sense.

I don't know if this counts as a lot or not, but besides

(12/03/03 2:03), Kang-Hao (Kenny) Lu wrote:
> A reader of html5doctor had the same problem too[1] and I can
> certainly image other people being confused by this.
> [1] http://html5doctor.com/the-scoped-attribute/#link

which I mentioned, Googling the string "html5 scoped @import" gives me
the following sites which mention this technique, even if there's only
one browser supporting the 'scoped' attribute at the moment: [2][3][4]

I haven't examine these use cases to see if they are counted "valid" or
not, but I think it's unfair to say this is an edge case.

[2] http://www.codingforums.com/showthread.php?t=242411#postcount1154993

> On Fri, 2 Mar 2012, Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:
>> Do this instead:
>> <div>
>>   <style scoped>
>>     @import "3rd-party-theme/user-published-20120302133702.css";
>>   </style>
>>   <span class="keyword">function</span><span> class="identifier">test</span>...
>> </div>
> That's a good workaround, but if the use case is something we want to 
> actually address, I think supporting <link> here makes sense too.

A good portion of the use of <style scoped> would just be something like
this, and I still don't see good reasons why

  <style scoped>@import

is preferable to

  <link scoped rel=stylesheet

when the later is clearly easier to think of (or otherwise Gray or the
the reader of html5doctor wouldn't have asked this).

Tab mentioned

(12/03/03 2:13), Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:
> As well, right now the *only* purpose of a <link> in the <body> is to
> function as a hidden source of url-flavored data for Microdata, if you
> find empty <a>s distasteful.

but given that Microdata already breaks this tradition, I don't see how
it is still relevant.


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