RE: draft-ietf-html-style-00.txt & class as a general selector

Paul Prescod (
Wed, 6 Dec 1995 22:04:28 -0500

At 04:42 PM 12/6/95 -0800, wrote:
>I'm a little unclear on why it is desirable to separate CLASS and a
>classification of style - Michael, could you explain this? In the limited
>instances where stylistic information should be set on a class of objects
>that already belong to a larger CLASS (denoted by attribute) or to disparate
>CLASSes, it would seem that ID could be set.

CLASS is a way of semantically subclassing elements. Applying a style is
just one reason you would want to subclass an element. Creating CLASSes
with types of "big" or "blue" or "five_point" are just as bad as creating
elements named "<BIG>" or "<FONT>". If you absolutely must put style
information directly in your HTML document, and that style information does
not correspond to a semantic subclass, then you should use some other
attribute, such as STYLE.

I am not entirely in favour of STYLE especially a STYLE that allows direct
application of arbitrary style sheet directives, but I am certainly against
using CLASS for that.

Paul Prescod