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Getting rid of CSS

From: Sjoerd Visscher <gerviss@wxs.nl>
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 1999 15:01:57 +0100
To: <www-style@w3.org>
Message-ID: <001201be3bd8$9eb83680$402179c3@beneden>
I'm sorry if I shocked some off the CSS fans.

This is why I think CSS should be history in a few years:

Problems with CSS not being XML:
- extension is more limited
- authors need to learn a second (programming) language
- future optimized soft- and hardware may only be able to
  read XML. The ideal internet would be an XML-only internet.
- A separate DOM has to be defined. Using XML would not
  require this.

I'm reading this mailinglist for a while now and a lot of 
discussion is going on about how new features should be
implemented into the CSS language. XML usually makes
extending much easier. The need for extending CSS
has required the use of almost al characters on a keyboard,
i.e. () {} [] ' " @ ; : and ! (I'm sure that's not all of them). 
This will get more and more confusing.

There are 2 solutions:
1. Switch to XSL
2. Converting CSS to XML, this should not be to hard.
   We could call it NG-CSS.

Please respond.

Sjoerd Visscher - sjoerd@locosoft.nl
Locosoft bv     - www.locosoft.nl
Received on Saturday, 9 January 1999 09:02:41 UTC

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