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

Hakon Lie (
Fri, 8 Dec 1995 16:21:03 +0100 writes:

> > > Someone who personally hates strike-through but their device supports it
> > > has no option but to live with it. Their style sheet cannot over-ride
> > > yours. You have removed freedom of choice from the reader by not naming
> > > the distinctiveness of your para 14
> >
> > No. In CSS, the reader can supply a personal style sheet and by
> > labelling declarations as "important", they will override the author's
> > style, including STYLE attributes.
> Could you elaborate exactly how that works? I don't see how the
> readers style sheet can influence the presentation of an un-named
> ad-hoc peice of stylesheet on an individual element.

Incoming document:

<P STYLE="text-decoration: underline">underlined text</P>

The UA would display the paragraph underlined until someting like this
is found in the reader's personal style sheet:

P { text-decoration: none !important }

To learn more about why and when rules override each other, see [1].




Hakon W Lie, W3C/INRIA, Sophia-Antipolis, France