Re: Frames Are Improving

Marc Salomon (marc@ckm.ucsf.edu)
Fri, 23 Aug 1996 11:04:39 -0700


From: "Marc Salomon" <marc@ckm.ucsf.edu>
Message-Id: <9608231104.ZM18799@gaia.ckm.ucsf.edu>
Date: Fri, 23 Aug 1996 11:04:39 -0700
In-Reply-To: Matthew James Marnell <marnellm@portia.portia.com>
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: Frames Are Improving

Matthew James Marnell <marnellm@portia.portia.com> wrote:
|Screen size isn't an HTML or an HTTP thing, it is a Style Sheet thing.

Screen size is a property of the GUI user agent, just as is the assertion "I
accept image/{jpg,gif}."  Asserting that you only can handle a certain
resolution of image or feature subset of HTML is appropriate for content
negotiation.

The rules for rendering whatever you negotiate are appropriate for style
sheets.

|I guess I was under the mistaken assumption that style-sheets where
|supposed to take away the pain of windows resizing and monitor size.

Style is supposed to separate presentation from structure.  How the GUI browser
as we now know it handles resizing is a style issue.  But why would you want to
prevent a user agent from excluding insane variants (resolutions or dimensions
absurd for a given platform) from the set of acceptable variants?

Remember:

1.  All user agents are NOT GUI browsers.
2.  All GUI browsers do NOT run on 24bit 21" monitors.
3.  There will be classes of user agents that we haven't even conceived of yet.

I'm not sure I agree with everything in the mutz draft...just trying to
cross-pollenate.

-marc

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