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RE: eval()

From: <JOrendorff@ixl.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2000 09:34:32 -0400
Message-ID: <CD8E2CDBC6D0D111ACB900805FBBD97E026302D3@memntsxchange.mem.ixl.com>
To: www-style@w3.org
> Sorry. I was referring to the (relatively) recent thread on HR and its
> size attribute, and in particular the fact that the 'height' 
> is actually one pixel less than the value of the size attribute.

Yes ... Increasingly, though, I feel that:

- HTML wasn't really such a great formatting language anyway.
  CSS is a lot better.

- It isn't really possible to implement presentational HTML's
  bizarre "traditional rendering" rules in CSS, even with features
  like eval().

So the question in my mind is not "What happens when you do 12px+1 ?"
but rather "Is this a useful feature looking ahead?".  I don't know
if using attribute values for appearance is a good idea with XML.
I don't know if using CSS to specify the presentational behavior of
obsolete HTML will be all that useful either.  Vendors already
handle presentational HTML.  Why relive the pain?

Jason Orendorff
Received on Wednesday, 19 April 2000 09:35:28 UTC

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