Re: SGML macros using DSSSL expressions -Reply

Charles Peyton Taylor (CTaylor@wposmtp.nps.navy.mil)
Wed, 28 Feb 1996 18:23:39 -0800


Message-Id: <s1349dc8.021@wposmtp.nps.navy.mil>
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 1996 18:23:39 -0800
From: Charles Peyton Taylor <CTaylor@wposmtp.nps.navy.mil>
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject:  Re: SGML macros using DSSSL expressions -Reply

>>> Erik Aronesty <erik@inch.com> 02/24/96 11:14pm >>>
<snipped text about complexity in HTML>
>microsofts use of font face and size...along 
>with other simple tags are enough for
>95% of the people.  We should focus on what 
>the people and the industries want.

I could agree with that if you only said "the 
industries" and if you limit that to only those
companies who make web software.  

I've wanted CSS style sheets for a while now, 
and I haven't seen anything by the larger browser
manufacturers promising to implement them now
or when they are finalized.  Oh, <banner> and 
<FIG>, too. [1]

Really, if a browser can do frames, why can't a 
browser can do <banner>?  If a browser can do 
<table> and <img>, a browser should be able to 
do <fig>.  Style sheets might take a little more 
processing, but hell, if you have <font> ...

I really believe the major browser companies 
(you know who I mean) add tags simply so that 
they can shout "hey, look what *WE* invented" 
and that they don't really care about implementing 
that which they didn't invent (unless the market 
forces them towards something like HTML 2.0 .)

>maybe i'm mad...but the CSS syntax is bad enough.  

I didn't find it so bad, except I kept confusing the 
old format with the new format.  The great thing about 
CSS (when used with a working browser) is that you only 
have to do everything *ONCE* for *ALL* your documents [2], 
and if you want to change things, you only need one line.

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[1]  I thought this would be a good place to mention 
<fn> (footnotes).
[2]  you do have to add the link in the <head> of each 
document, but thats a simple cut-and-paste.