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Re: W3C Core Styles

From: Paul Prescod <papresco@technologist.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 1998 23:53:46 -0500 (EST)
Message-ID: <34EA3835.E26B0C18@technologist.com>
To: www-style@w3.org
Todd Fahrner wrote:
> If you, like me, have been confused by Microsoft's talk of "HTML/CSS flow
> objects" as the output of their XSL interpreter, realize that these would
> be nonsensical if they'd just support the CSS1 display types. As it is now,
> their main need to invoke HTML as a display format is to patch the gaps in
> their CSS implementation. Otherwise they could style a lot of XML directly
> with CSS, with XSL serving as just the transformation language.

Unless my memory is very foggy, there is no way to indicate in CSS1 that
a particular element is meant to be a hyperlink, a table, a form input
or other kinds of complex display type. People in XML-land aren't
content to go without tables, forms and hyperlinks. So Microsoft's
"HTML/CSS flow objects" are not at all nonsensical. Eventually CSS may
be powerful enough to express these things itself or XSL may have its
own, well-defined, non-HTML set of flow objects based on a combination
of DSSSL and CSS.

 Paul Prescod  - http://itrc.uwaterloo.ca/~papresco

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