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Re: Transition (was Re: Capitalize across "span")

From: Frank Boumphrey <bckman@ix.netcom.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 1998 15:55:06 -0800
To: <www-style@w3.org>, "Steve Knoblock" <knoblock@worldnet.att.net>
Message-ID: <01bd367f$4ff143c0$31aedccf@uspppBckman>
>> I
would not like to see HTML become merely a convenient display language and
hope that if XML becomes a document standard that there will be browsers
that can display it. Or perhaps I don't understand the nature of the XML

    Putting XSL aside it is likely the the next generation of browsers will
be able to display XML documents probably putting a default <DIV> if no
style sheet is given. They will almost certainly recognise the CSS2
selectors of the type ANXMLTAG {font:bold 12/14 arila,sans-serif}

     The latest spec of Jan 28th even contains a brief tutorial for XML.

"2.2 A brief CSS2 tutorial for XML
     CSS can be used with any structured document format, for example [XML].
In fact, XML depends
     more on style sheets than HTML since authors can make up their own
elements which user agents
     don't know how to display. "

    When browsers recognise XMLone will no longer have to learn HTML just
some basic markup rules and some CSS properties!! A new generation of
writers will grow up who have never used HTML can we expect HTML to just
fade away when this happens.

    As some one pointed out having HTML was like the introduction of the
train, suddenly every one could travel places, having XML is like the
model-T, now you can do it in your own style!!

    XS and XSL can be left for those who want to allow differential content
and presentation to various user groups, or who want to use their XML
documents as a data base, not to push the analogy too far ,but for those who
want a Rolls Royce rather than a model-T.

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Knoblock <knoblock@worldnet.att.net>
To: www-style@w3.org <www-style@w3.org>
Date: Tuesday, February 10, 1998 7:48 AM
Subject: Re: Transition (was Re: Capitalize across "span")
Received on Tuesday, 10 February 1998 15:48:54 UTC

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