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Re: Positioning HTML Elements with Cascading Style Sheets

From: Gavin Nicol <gtn@ebt.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Feb 1997 14:27:26 -0500
Message-Id: <199702041927.OAA07840@nathaniel.ebt>
To: Chris.Lilley@sophia.inria.fr
CC: bosak@atlantic-83.eng.sun.com, www-style@w3.org
>> It's a mistake to put DSSSL into the same bag as scripting languages.
>> Yes, DSSSL is turing-complete; yes, it's a programming language.  But
>> a script language (at least the way I use the term) is procedural;
>> DSSSL very definitely is not.  DSSSL is entirely functional and
>> entirely side-effect-free.  Nothing ever happens in a DSSSL
>> stylesheet.  The stylesheet is one giant function whose value is an
>> abstract, device-independent, nonprocedural description of the
>> formatted document that gets fed as a specification (a declaration, if
>> you will) of display areas to downstream rendering processes.
>Jon, what an excellent and concise overview. Would you give permission
>for a (duly attributed) quote on the W3C Style page.

There is a very interesting report at DEC (maybe 33 or 36) that talks
about building a word processor built using a functional language
(same langauge for markup and formatting, but nevertheless). This 
report was written around '86 from memory, and reasonable performance 
was achieved then... 
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