[uf-discuss] parameterized classes?

Charles Iliya Krempeaux supercanadian at gmail.com
Sat Oct 28 20:34:08 PDT 2006

Hello Lachlan,

On 10/28/06, Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt at lachy.id.au> wrote:
> 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?

First I should repeat that this is NOT for a Microformat.  Just some
Semantic HTML for something else.  But having said that...

This is for loosely coupled alternates of the same link.

So that I could say a set of links are "the same" but have them
anywhere on the page.  Even interwoven with other link groups.

For example.. here's a simplified version of 2 interwoven link groups...

<a class="group:x" href="a.html"></a>
<a class="group:y" href="b.png"></a>
<a class="group:x" href="a.rss"></a>
<a class="group:x" href="a.atom"></a>
<a class="group:y" href="b.jpg"></a>

> > (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.

How would you suggest writing it?

See ya

    Charles Iliya Krempeaux, B.Sc.

    charles @ reptile.ca
    supercanadian @ gmail.com

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