Re: Style Sheets for HTML

Gavin Nicol (gtn@ebt.com)
Tue, 31 May 1994 14:28:10 +0500


Date: Tue, 31 May 1994 14:28:10 +0500
From: gtn@ebt.com (Gavin Nicol)
Message-Id: <9405311828.AA04456@ebt-inc.ebt.com>
To: www-html@www0.cern.ch
In-Reply-To: <94053112413695@cguv5.cgu.mcc.ac.uk> (lilley@v5.cgu.mcc.ac.uk)
Subject: Re: Style Sheets for HTML

>>  I would like to see HTML+ as the common thread, where is all else
>>  fails, every server, and every client should understand it, but I
>>  would also like it to be possible to have clients and servers who are
>>  aware of more than one DTD, and more than one stylesheet.
>
>Yeah. Yeah Yeah.

  Emphatic agreement?

>But having got a rich enough set for simple use (many of the people much of the 
>time), perhaps we should stop there. Attempting to make a DTD that is all things 
>to all people would be futile - have you seen a publishers DTD, for example?
                                                 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  I have, I have. Most are not beautiful, to say the least :-(
>
>On the other hand if you could put up arbitrary SGML, with a link to the DTD and 
>the style sheet in the header, and if a browser (using the distributed flock of 
>cooperating services model) hauls in an SGML parser to deal with it, that would 
>be good.
>
>HTML+ then would become a lingua franca, efficient because you don't need to 
>send over the DTD, while richer DTDs could be used for documents where you do 
>need the structure to be kept intact.

  It must have been emphatic agreement, because these few paragraphs contain 
  the core of one of my ideas. :-)

  This must happen sooner or later, let's make it sooner.