Closed Bug 111317 Opened 23 years ago Closed 21 years ago

Need to implement SVG presentation attributes


(Core :: SVG, defect)

Not set





(Reporter: hwaara, Assigned: tseng_mike)



(Keywords: helpwanted)


(1 file, 2 obsolete files)

We need to implement presentation attributes.  This will be done after sicking's
attribute rewrite.  A presentation attribute is, for example: 

Right now to get this effect, you'd need to do:  |style="stroke-width:.02cm"|.
-> new default owner.

This is one of the more important svg bugs we have.
Assignee: dean.jackson → alex.fritze
Keywords: helpwanted
QA Contact: dean.jackson → bbaetz
*** Bug 117914 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
This bug could be fixed using xbl from my experiment. A proof of concept is
pasted below. It adds font-size and font-family attribute to <text> element.
This is one approach to it, I'm not sure if it's more efficent doing it this way
or have an xbl entry for each attribute. What do you think?

--cut--[svg.css]-- (from mozilla/res)
text {

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<xbl:bindings xmlns:xbl="">
<xbl:binding id="text">
   var existingStyle = this.getAttribute('style');
   var fontSize = this.getAttribute('font-size');
   var fontFamily = this.getAttribute('font-family');
   if (!existingStyle)
     this.setAttribute("style", "");
   if (fontFamily)
     this.setAttribute("style", this.getAttribute('style') + ";font-family:" +
   if (fontSize)
     this.setAttribute("style", this.getAttribute('style') + "; font-Size:" +
I think this is a good idea.
Some thoughts:

We'd only need one binding for all the presentation attributes, which we can 
associate with all svg elements by using a universal selector:
* { -moz-binding:url(svgBindings.xml#presentationAttributes }

If you set the presentation attribs in the constructor only, they will not be 
animatable. We need to set up mutation listeners that remap the attribs 
whenever they are changed. 

Mapping into the style attribute will break serialization. E.g. if you have the 
element <circle fill="red"/>, it will appear as <circle fill="red" 
style="fill:red;"/> when serialized with the DOMSerializer.
We could map into a different stylesheet, but the interfaces are not in place 

I wonder what the memory/speed overhead is.
Do you get teh specicifty right doing it that way?

Who wins if you have a css rule for 'color: red', and a presentation atribute
for 'color=blue' ? What about if it were a local style rule instead?
Its a proof of concept. Its my understanding presentation attribute got a higher
precedent of all other styling methods. I think using the [1]
property is better approach than my string mangling.

Attached file code restructure (obsolete) —
Added some optimisation as described in
news://$, however
this.attributes result in permission denied. Aint we suppose to have the enough

Also did some rearranging, now all attribute inherit from one of the three
groups shape, global, and text (should I make it into one and off-load
additional property to child bindings. It should now be easier to maintain
(still experimenting with more than 1 level of inheritence, doesn't seem to

I'll work on attribute listener, seems to me the only way is to implement a
get/set for each attribute. Any other suggestions?
Hmm, maybe I should of applied back when they ask if I want additional bugzilla
privileges. I can't assign this to myself ;(
assigning to mike
Assignee: alex.fritze → tseng_mike
The refactored code doesn't work, because you're messing up the prototype chain 
when attaching the same binding to different base tags. See my comment at the 
top of the file:
"We have to implement a separate binding for each svg element pending a fix to 

Also could you please use tabs instead of spaces, because tabs are evil :-)
Marking this bug a dependence of #4128, because for an efficient implementation 
of presentation attributes in XBL we will need prototype-chain forking.
Depends on: 41428
Attached file updated binding (obsolete) —
change back the structure, because of bug 41428 :( added Interface SVGStylable
from alex and fix a small linking stuff. Also removed tab which I assume is
whaat alex is trying to say ;)
Attachment #95707 - Attachment is obsolete: true
Mike, presentation attributes do not have "a higher precedent of all other
styling methods" - ther reverse in fact. Presentation attributes have a
specificity of 000 in CSS2 (and thus, in SVG) very different from the 100
specificity of the style attribute.

And yes, its important to keep that specificity (though I note that all styling
seems to be broken, for example
and the following two tests).

Constructing a set of style rules and appending them to the UA.css might be one
implementation method.
Thanks for informing me of this. It should be easy to fix the precedent order.
I'll fix it once I free myself from the current tasks on hand. 

I don't think current implementation support styling from external and style
within the style tags (only style attribute available). Alex can give a more
definate answer.

I'm not too familiar with the UA.css. Could someone enlighten me?
Ever since we introduced these xbl bindings I'm getting loads of subtle bugs. 
Most of them seem to occur only the first time an svg document is loaded; on 
all subsequent loads they disappear. This points towards problems associated 
with aynchronous loading of svgBinding.xml. 

bug#172574 is an example of one of those asynchronous-load xbl problems.
If it doesn't get fixed, we'll have to either remove the binding from the non-
root <svg> element or remove the 'display: block' declaration. In the latter 
case, percentage-based units on the width/height attribs of the <svg> element 
won't work anymore.
Depends on: 172574
more xbl weirdness:

On first load, the tiger ( throws up 
a 'frame not found'-warning in nsCSSFrameConstructor when processing the 
constructor of the <g>-binding. Also the constructed frame tree contains two 
identical frames for each of the svg elements. Thus rendering takes twice as 
long, since each element is rendered twice. This is only if the tiger is the 
first svg file you're looking at after opening the browser. On a reload both 
the warning and the duplicate frames vanish.
It looks like xbl+svg needs some serious sorting out before we can switch on 
these bindings in builds... 
Maybe pre-loading svgBindings.xml would be a solution, but I'm not sure how 
that could be done.
Currently all the constructors are at the top of the implementation. However
looking at all the other xbl usages, constructor seem to be placed at the bottom
of the implementation (after methods and property). If we move the constructor
to the bottom that might fix the aynchronous (if that is the problem) issue.
This is a probe in the dark, but it might be worth a try.
I tried moving the constructor to the bottom, seem to have no effect. The thing
is the style attribute is updated but the screen is not. Is there a way to
refresh the thing?
Attachment #95763 - Attachment is obsolete: true
Depends on: svgbranch
Dropping the dependencies on #41428 and #172574 since we now have a non-xbl
implementation of presentation attributes in the branch tracked by #182533.
No longer depends on: 41428, 172574
Fixed by checkin for bug#182533.
Closed: 21 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
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