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Re: DSSSL style editing (was: RE: Positioning...)

From: Gavin Nicol <gtn@ebt.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Feb 1997 08:58:57 -0500
Message-Id: <199702051358.IAA08309@nathaniel.ebt>
To: papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca
CC: bosak@atlantic-83.eng.sun.com, www-style@w3.org
>Once we have figured out the 95% of stylesheet features that 95% of all
>people need (i.e. more than CSS but substantially less than "anything 
>you want to do"), we can define an editable, interchangable DSSSL subset 
>and even a DSSSL class library. In fact, simply by defining more flow
>objects to handle the cases people need handled, we can make actual
>programming completely unnecessary for the same set of style features that
>will be available in "CSS 98".

If one parameterises the sylesheets correctly (read, *use*
programming to determine the output device characteristics, and react
to them), there is no need for choosing a subset. The programmatical
control DSSSL provides is not a barrier to implementation.

I once had a huge argument with a few people Jon knows well over
adding the capability to query the enviornment to DSSSL, and was
soundly toasted, but I still believe it to be the *only* way one can
get truly interoperable stylesheets (and I note that some things did
creep in afterward).
Received on Wednesday, 5 February 1997 09:00:29 GMT

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