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Chapter 9. Style Sheets > Looking Ahead to CSS3

Looking Ahead to CSS3

The Cascading Style Sheets level 3 draft was scheduled for completion during the summer of 2000. It might be some time after this book comes out that CSS3 becomes a W3C recommendation, but that should not stop you from looking into what's ahead. Here are some of the features you can look forward to after CSS3 is endorsed by the Web community:

  • New user interface elements— Plans currently call for enhanced form fields and additional cursors and colors to enable developers to build more intuitive user interfaces.

  • Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)— SVG will allow you to place certain shapes such as lines, curves, and circles on a page and then control their appearance with CSS characteristics. Because these are vector graphics, they are infinitely scalable without any loss of quality.

  • Behavioral extensions— The behavioral extensions considered for CSS3 would enable you to capture any dynamic changes to a document or style and react to that change. Loosely stated, you can think of it as "event handlers for Dynamic HTML."

  • Increased international support— You can expect CSS3 to include support for languages such as Japanese and Arabic that do not use characters from the Roman alphabet.

  • Multi-column layouts— New CSS3 characteristics will make it easier to develop multi-column layouts that are more flexible in the face of changing requirements.



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