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Subject: RE: [docbook-apps] styling links

Would something along the following lines work:

The :link says only style if it is an unvisited link.

-----Original Message-----
From: Brett Leber [mailto:bleber+@cs.cmu.edu] 
Sent: Tuesday, December 04, 2007 8:51 AM
To: David Cramer
Cc: docbook-apps
Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] styling links

Not sure who maintains the xhtml stylesheets, but it might be a nice
improvement to drop the <a> anchors altogether and just use the id
attribute on elements, which can be linked to using the standard <a


That's an off-the-cuff comment; I'm not sure what other XSL changes that
might entail.

With regard to browser support, the article linked above has:

> Note that Netscape 4 does not properly support this, neither do some
mobile browsers. In the case of the latter, at least, we can expect them
to add support for this in the foreseeable future, whereas those who
still have to support Netscape 4 will be less fortunate.

Java's HTML rendered may or may not work with this approach, so that'd
be a deal-breaker. But this could be a nice enhancement to the xhtml


PS: For CSS questions, I recommend the excellent css-d list:

On 12/3/2007 3:37 PM, David Cramer wrote:
> I ran across a little more info about this. If you do what I suggested

> previously, a[href]{ color: red; text-decoration: underline;}, then 
> your problem is fixed in firefox, but you've got a new problem in IE 
> (in 7 anyway...not sure about others). It appears that IE 7 doesn't 
> recognize the a[href] selector. So your caught between a mozilla bug 
> (inabiilty to see that <a/> is the same as <a></a>) and an IE bug 
> (inabilty to recognize a[href]). So here's my advice:
> 1. Don't style link text (best approach...I don't style them except 
> for this one css that I inherited, which is where I ran across this 
> problem) 2. If you do, ask someone on a css list how to deal with the 
> problem, given that your content will have lots of <a id="foo"/> tags 
> and you can't/don't want to force them to be <a id="foo"></a>.
> 3. You could try getting your output to look like this, but I'm no css

> expert. This seems to handle IE and Firefox, but I don't know about 
> other browsers:
> <style type="text/css" media="screen"> a[href]{ color: red; 
> text-decoration: none;} </style> <!--[if IE]> <style type="text/css" 
> media="screen"> a{ color: red; text-decoration: none;} </style> 
> <![endif]-->
> David
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Johnson, Eric [mailto:Eric.Johnson@iona.com]
>> Sent: Monday, December 03, 2007 9:39 AM
>> To: David Cramer; Barton Wright
>> Cc: docbook-apps
>> Subject: RE: [docbook-apps] Weird characters in generated HTML
>>  David,
>> The change to the CSS did the trick!! Thanks.
>> Cheers,
>> Eric

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