Re: A framework for style sheet experiments/subsets?

Mike Batchelor (mikebat@clark.net)
Fri, 28 Jul 1995 11:55:54 -0400 (EDT)


From: Mike Batchelor <mikebat@clark.net>
Message-Id: <199507281555.LAA03431@clark.net>
Subject: Re: A framework for style sheet experiments/subsets?
To: www-style@www10.w3.org, www-html@www10.w3.org
Date: Fri, 28 Jul 1995 11:55:54 -0400 (EDT)
In-Reply-To: <199507281458.KAA16505@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca> from "Paul Prescod" at Jul 28, 95 11:07:00 am

Paul Prescod once wrote...
> 
> >An upcoming debate is how well the CSS notation would fit into
> >an attribute:
> >
> >  <H1 STYLE = "font.color=red">Headline</H1>
> 
> The exmaple implies that there is a single style sheet format.  I tend to
> think that we should keep device dependent data out of the HTML file
> altogether.  Otherwise they will be full of different <STYLE> tags and STYLE
> attributes for every intended audience.

I agree completely.  The whole object of style sheets is to get
presentation out of HTML as much as possible.  A STYLE attribute is a big
step backwards.  Not to mention the added difficulty of applying a
consistent style across many documents.  A STYLE attribute makes this very
tedious, and inelegant.  Style sheets are a leap beyond Netscapisms, and
although countering Netscape isn't the primary goal of an early style
sheet specification, it is part of it, and even the simplest style sheet
mechanism will demonstrate just how crude the Netscape tags are.

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