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User interface

At the same main principle it is possible to take account user settings in font and background properties. This paragraph should be rendered with the foreground and background colors of the desktop. In this connection in the CSS2 specification (not in CSS1) is also mentioned the possibility to use system fonts (caption, icon, menu, message-box, small-caption, status-bar) as a part of shorthand definitions like p {font: status-bar ...}. I don't recommend to use but in exceptional case like making in future pages for handheld devices. As a model, this sentence use system fonts.

User interface properties are also outline and cursor (I have defined for this paragraph cursor:wait).

Browser-specific notes:

  1. System colors work at least in Mozilla Gecko, MS IE 4.x+ and Opera 5.1x+ browsers.

  2. I have tested a property (outline), which has worked in some preview-versions of Netscape 6.0 (in the last tested Mozilla Gecko browsers has a proprietary variation -moz-outline in the style sheets of the user agent[S], which I handle in my CSS-notes[S]) and it works in modern browsers only in Opera 7.x+ indeed at least in Beta1 a little bit buggy.

  3. In Mozilla Gecko, MS IE and Opera 7.x+ work also partially the cursor property (all values don't work except in Opera 7.x).

  4. New Netscape/ Mozilla browsers support also proprietary system fonts and colors.


W3C: CSS2: 18 User interface[Pw].
Other sites: Opera Software: What's new in Opera 5.10.

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Internationalization

The user is also taking account by using special language dependent properties. This aim is called as internationalization (it is shortened commonly to the format i18n). It is possible to use at the same row from left and right written text (like Hebrew) by using the direction property, which is handled in the chapter 9.

Other i18n features are handled in the CSS2 specification chapter 12. It handles language depending quotations by using element Q (= quote- look at a model[S][Pw]). It is also possible to use special list styles types (I handle lists in an own page[S]).

W3C: CSS2: 9 How to put CSS into Web pages, 9.10 Text direction: the 'direction' and 'unicode-bidi' properties[Pw], 12 Generated content, automatic numbering, and lists[Pw].

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CSS3

CSS3 goes further concerning the internationalization. It will have for example the layout-grid property.

I referred to a new at-rule. CSS3 adds also some new user interface properties. Especially paged media is developed further. The multi-column layout proposal of Håkon Wium Lie could be quite useful. I handle some CSS3 matters in the last page[S]. Next however something about anchors and links.

Browser-specific notes:

  1. Special quotations work in Mozilla Gecko and Opera 4.x+ browsers - look at a model[S][Pw]).

  2. Into CSS3 added new list style types work in Mozilla Gecko browsers.

  3. MS IE 5.5+ for Windows supports some into CSS3 proposed i18n features, which I handle in the CSS Notes 2[S].


W3C: Working drafts of CSS3: CSS Namespace Enhancements (W3C Working Draft 25 June 1999), International Layout (W3C Working Draft 10-September-1999), Multi-column layout in CSS (W3C Working Draft 22 June 1999), Paged Media Properties for CSS3 (W3C Working Draft 28 September 1999), User Interface for CSS3 (W3C Working Draft 16 Feb 2000).

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