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From: Paul Prescod <papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 1997 19:07:00 -0400
Message-ID: <33595014.4853FD72@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
To: www-html@w3.org, www-style@w3.org
David Perrell wrote:
> For me, the biggest arguments against DSSSL are the obscure documents
> describing it. Take
> <http://occam.sjf.novell.com:8080/docs/dsssl-o/do951212.htm>, for
> example. And don't give it back.

That's not a description, its a standard! Someone else tried to learn
DSSSL from the jade docs: that's not a description either, its an
implementation. 
 
> Seriously, the best arguments I've seen for DSSSL are your examples. If
> you're really trying to drum up support, you might want to supplement
> with some less intimidating reference material than above, such as the
> gentle "Introduction..." at
> <http://itrc.uwaterloo.ca/~papresco/dsssl/tutorial.html>. Or am I the
> only one on this list not already familiar with DSSSL?

I'm sure that there are lots. DSSSL is very new and as you say the
standard is very intimidating. I didn't learn from the standard: I
learned from examples and then figured out how to read the standard by
"grep"ping for words from the examples. 
 
> BTW, why no 'rotation-axis' and 'rotation-angle' classes?

Ask on dssslist. I suspect that some things are too much of a pain for
some implementors to do. You can always add flow objects and properties
for things that would not be widely implemented. As I mentioned in
<http://itrc.uwaterloo.ca/~papresco/dssssl/hard.html> the set of flow
objects are somewhat arbitrary. They can be added to just as new
properties are in new versions of CSS.

 Paul Prescod
Received on Saturday, 19 April 1997 19:01:13 GMT

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