[uf-discuss] parameterized classes?

Lachlan Hunt lachlan.hunt at lachy.id.au
Sat Oct 28 20:05:03 PDT 2006

Charles Iliya Krempeaux wrote:
> I was wondering what people thought about parameterized classes?
> <a class="group:x" href="a.html"></a>
> <a class="group:x" href="a.rss"></a>
> <a class="group:x" href="a.atom"></a>
> Perhaps the above could be Semantic HTML to mark alternate links.
> Where "a.html", "a.rss", and "a.atom" would be a set of alternates.
> And "b.png" and "b.jpg" would be another set of alternates.

What's the specific use case where that would actually be useful to a 
user?  What's the problem you're trying to solve?

> (This would have the advantage where these links could be very very
> loosely coupled.  Which is why I might write Semantic HTML like this.)
> I believe that CSS would have problems styling these types of class
> names.

It wouldn't be a problem using the selectors .group\:a and .group\:b, but...

>  For example, you could NOT do something like:
> .group\:* {
>    /* CSS stuff here */
> }

... that's not a valid selector.

Lachlan Hunt

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