In P5 we introduced a new slightly more explicitly structured version of
@rend, confusingly called @rendition, together with an element <rendition>
You might find these useful: there are some examples of how to embed CSS
descriptions in your document using them at
There are definitely things that CSS cannot do (like ignore or
re-arrange parts of the input for example) but that certainly doesn't
mean it's not useful!
Martin Holmes wrote:
> Hi all,
> The global attribute @rend is wonderfully loose ("any string of
> characters", "These Guidelines make no binding recommendations for the
> values of the @rend attribute..."). However, I'm increasingly finding
> that CSS is everything I need and more for the @rend attribute, and in a
> current project, I'm considering converting all my old formulations
> (rend="italic" etc., derived from old usage, examples and guidelines)
> over to pure CSS (rend="font-style: italic").
> Can anyone see any objection to this on principle? Have you come across
> any rendering features which are impossible to describe in CSS?