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From CSS to DSSSL

From: Daniel M. German <dmg@csg.uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 1997 11:50:51 -0400 (EDT)
Message-Id: <199704171550.LAA13222@se.math.uwaterloo.ca>
To: www-style@w3.org


Paul wrote:

| Jon Bosak wrote:
|
| > That's exactly where I ended up on this.  CSS is simple and enables a
| > lot of functionality but is inherently incapable of handling the hard
| > cases; DSSSL can handle anything but is a bitch to learn.
| 
| I think that your experience learning DSSSL is very different from
| everyone else's. You were the first, with basically no examples or
| tutorials. I learned from your examples and found it very easy going.
| Imagine learning SGML from the ISO Spec -- you'd be convinced that it
| was a bitch to learn too. But people learn it every day. Presumably you

I agree with Paul. I tried to learn DSSSL from the draft more than a
year ago, but without examples and without an implementation it was
kind of building castles in the air. Once Jade was out, and with your
examples and the draft it was not complicated. Jade provided me
immediate feedback, your examples something already working and the
draft answered my questions. You still have to know functional
programming a bit at least, but in hours you can have some
style-sheets working.

--
Daniel M. German
http://csgwww.uwaterloo.ca/~dmg/home.html
dmg@csg.uwaterloo.ca

 
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