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Re: inline CSS - Argument for

From: David Carlisle <davidc@nag.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2000 13:08:11 GMT
Message-Id: <200002241308.NAA24492@nag.co.uk>
To: www-html@w3.org
fantasai writes

> -correct me if I'm wrong--I think you've all missed a few uses for
> inline styles

Note that the HTML WG (which by the way I'm not on) is _not_ suggesting
that support for inline style be removed from the browsers, simply
removed from the canonical build of XHTML n for n > 1.0.

If you want a markup to propagate HTML formatted email then the modular
nature of XHTML will allow you to build a DTD for that usage, and
documents valid for that DTD will work on browsers. They will work
on browsers even if you don't build the DTD as browsers will generally
work with well formed XML. Building a DTD and using a validating parser
is most useful at the authoring stage.

So while the argument over whether inline style is good or bad is
interesting, it is largely irrelevant to the kind of uses for naive
authors that you mention. They will be able to do what they have always
done. It is just that if the tools they are using put a <!DOCTYPE at the
top of their documents (which they probably don't) then they will
have the choice of specifying 
HTML4 or 
XHML1.0 or
XHTML-1.1-with-email-inline-hacks but not

I can't see too many people who are using these authoring tools worrying
too much about what the tool puts on the first line of the document.

Received on Thursday, 24 February 2000 08:12:34 UTC

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