CSS 2.1 Closer To Full Recommendation Status

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The W3C’s announcement that CSS2.1 has moved to ‘Candidate Recommendation’ status has been met with a muted response from the community — presumably because most people think they’re using it already.

As it’s inching closer to becoming a full recommendation, there are no new features introduced; a few, however, are in danger of being dropped when the CR process is over as they aren’t in common use. These include:

  • ‘armenian’, ‘georgian’ and ‘lower-greek’ values for the ‘list-style-type’ property;
  • support for multiple id attributes; and
  • the ‘quotes’ property

I’ve never used any of those features, and never seen the need for multiple id attributes, so from my point of view none of them will be a loss.

As the majority of CSS 2.1 rules have been in common use for a long time, I’d hope that this becomes a full recommendation as soon as possible, and that we can look forward to seeing CSS 3 become the sole focus of attention.

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