Re: SGML macros using DSSSL expressions -Reply

Robert Hazeltine (
Thu, 4 Apr 1996 10:29:22 +1000 (EST)

Date: Thu, 4 Apr 1996 10:29:22 +1000 (EST)
From: Robert Hazeltine <>
To: Erik <>
Subject: RE: SGML macros using DSSSL expressions -Reply
In-Reply-To: <01BB2191.210EE760@ERIK>
Message-Id: <>


On Wed, 3 Apr 1996, Erik wrote:

> CSS is largely uniteligble.  It's C-like syntax is confusing to anyone 
> who is unfamaialr with C.  The success of the web was and still is 
> hinged on simplicity.

I agree with you entirely and I hope that the specification develops in
such a way that it remains an open specification and that it maintains the
original concept of simplicity. 

Having said that, I also think that there is a pressing need for style 
sheets.  The solution, IMHO, is not to drop the idea but like HTML itself to 
keep the style sheets simple.

Making more and more tags available to HTML just makes HTML more
complicated too. If I may draw an analogy, the style sheet should have 
the same purpose of type setting a manuscript in print - content remains the 
same but the presentation varies according to the publication 
designer/graphic artists ideas. 

> W3's ideas will be left as a curious anachronism if they ignore the 
> demands of the users.

Erik, you're probably right with this observation as well.  I think it is 
so short sighted to develop the next generation of HTML piece meal.

Robert Hazeltine          
UWS Nepean Library Web Support