This was brought up in #3608


In general, these use cases is why I would like us to have a dedicated css_classes field introduced in the Form API. It should have a default description, so that we don't have to be re-inventing things each time we add such a field + this would allow consistency for this description throughout the UI (unless we need to specifically override it in certain cases) + would also allow translating the description only once (instead of having separate translations for each "mutation"). Not to mention validation and things like using underscores vs dashes (#3365 / #3428 / backdrop_clean_css_identifier()).


Is there an issue for this yet? I like the special validation we'd get, and consistent description text.

The following should be considered when validating CSS IDs/classes:

  • Must begin with a letter, and may be followed by any number of letters or digits.
  • Only hyphens, underscores, colons, and periods are allowed.
  • Cannot start with a digit, two hyphens, or a hyphen followed by a digit.

Even though HTML5 is quite happy for an ID to start with a number, CSS simply doesn’t allow selectors to begin with a number.


In CSS3, identifiers (including element names, classes, and IDs in selectors (see [SELECT] [or is this still true])) can contain only the characters [A-Za-z0-9] and ISO 10646 characters 161 and higher, plus the hyphen (-) and the underscore (_); they cannot start with a digit or a hyphen followed by a digit. They can also contain escaped characters and any ISO 10646 character as a numeric code (see next item). For instance, the identifier "B&W?" may be written as "B\&W\?" or "B\26 W\3F". (See [UNICODE310] and [ISO10646].)

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