CSS Support

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Revision as of 08:29, 11 May 2005 by PeterMoulder (talk | contribs) (* Update now that an initial implementation is checked in.)
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Current State

An initial implementation is now in CVS. Limitations:

  • Allows a single <style> element in the document. Doesn't allow external stylesheets, doesn't allow more than one <style> element.
(Or rather it ignores all but one of the <style> elements, possibly changing which one it respects based on which was most recently re-read.)
  • No editing interface other than the XML editor.
There are a number of aspects of editing:
    • The most basic level: allow editing using the XML editor.
    • Editing a stylesheet.
    • Specifying what classes each object belongs to.
  • Doesn't respect media restrictions (e.g. ignores "this rule applies only to non-visual media" directives, and doesn't allow having one style for print and another style for on-screen).

An incomplete list of work needed:

  • Ensure that this single stylesheet is updated whenever any of the <style> elements change (or are deleted or created etc.).
  • Similarly, ensure that the picture is refreshed when the stylesheet is changed.
  • Modify style.cpp to query the stylesheet. (Done but not checked in.)

Why can't we use libcroco-0.6's existing libxml interface to cr-sel-eng.c ?

Some CSS selectors (http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-CSS2/selector.html) can express "is preceded by X" or "is a descendent of X" (where X can itself be similarly constrained recursively), so we'd pretty much need to maintain the entire document in libxml form if we want to use libcroco for CSS selectors.

Suppose we want to find the style of node N. We pass libcroco a stylesheet and ask it what rules apply to N. If the stylesheet says "nodes that are preceded by a node that is preceded by a node that's a descendent of (... etc. ...) have red stroking" then libcroco needs to be able to navigate through the tree. So we can't pass libcroco just a libxml version of node N, we need to fill in its parent and sibling links, providing a libxml node for a significant proportion of all nodes in the tree. (Short of using hardware watchpoints to check access to the sibling/parent links and supply them lazily.)