Re: HTML should not be a file format, but an output format

Paul Prescod (papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca)
Tue, 25 Mar 1997 11:45:02 -0500 (EST)


From: Paul Prescod <papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
Message-Id: <199703251645.LAA11670@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
Subject: Re: HTML should not be a file format, but an output format
To: jkorpela@cc.hut.fi (Jukka Korpela)
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 1997 11:45:02 -0500 (EST)
Cc: www-html@w3.org
In-Reply-To: <Pine.OSF.3.96.970325172015.14514A-100000@alpha.hut.fi> from "Jukka Korpela" at Mar 25, 97 05:40:12 pm

> I could even imagine a program which would allow the user manage _both_
> the structure and some particular presentation of a document, without
> mixing the two. 

You mean like Author/Editor? AdeptEditor? Frame+SGML? WordPerfect SGML? 
Even SGML Author for Word? None of these use CSS as their internal style
sheet file formats, of course, but a translation would be pretty easy.
These are all fairly expensive, of course, and cheaper alternatives like
InContext do not offer WYSIWYG stylesheet generation. But hopefully XML will
allow these companies to increase their audiences and reduce their prices.

 Paul Prescod