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Re: Direct formatting STYLE attribute

From: lilley <lilley@afs.mcc.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 1995 22:57:59 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <9852.9512072257@afs.mcc.ac.uk>
To: preece@predator.urbana.mcd.mot.com (Scott E. Preece)
Cc: papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca, www-style@w3.org, html-wg@oclc.org
Scott E. Preece said:
Paul Prescod <papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
> Yes, and I assume that once stylesheets are supported, the examples they
> see will begin to have common, standard stylesheet references in them
> and will use class= attributes.

Yes. There is nothing like a few well chosen early examples to set the
mental view people have.

> Paul Prescod <papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca> said:
> ---
> |   The direct style attribute blurs the line between style sheets and HTML and
> |   makes it more difficult to learn one without the other.
> ---
> 
> Maybe, but I would expect direct styling to be used so infrequently that
> the novice would be unlikely to be confused.

Aargh!! So, if direct styling is only something that is used infrequently,
then it is just clutter in the language. It has no benefit, it has many
drawbacks as this amazingly prolific thread has shown. So, don't add this 
to HTML.


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