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Re: About dropping the style attribute

From: Shane Thacker <shanethacker@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2007 11:43:55 -0400
Message-ID: <935837700706270843xccf1136p400fc8c166740004@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-html@w3.org

I'm not a huge fan of using inline styles, but it strikes me as odd
that I keep hearing arguments about constructing HTML documents as if
all content and presentation decisions come from a single author who
has control over the HTML and CSS for the entire page. that was
usually true when I first started working on the web, but how often is
that true anymore?

While it annoyed myself and our Marketing folks -- who worked hard
converting that standard corporate stylesheet for print pieces into
something that would actually work on the web -- when someone who knew
HTML used an inline style to come up with their own formatting for
some page content, I don't see that as a reason to move @style to the
<font> wasteland.

Separating presentation from content is a good goal, but I doubt it
will ever be completely achievable until we gave all authors control
over the presentation and the content for their area of concern.
Perhaps scoped styles would help with that, but I'm still seeing the
possibility of having to dig through code to figure out why something
is displaying the way it is, and that basically means presentation got
separated from content for the computer, not for humans looking at the
code. You can do that with @style as well.

Received on Wednesday, 27 June 2007 15:44:39 UTC

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