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RE: Behavioral Extensions to CSS

From: Manos Batsis <m.batsis@bsnet.gr>
Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2001 11:44:16 +0300
Message-ID: <A35E2040C17F0C48B941B8F4D0DF122908E302@ermhs.Athens.BrokerSystems.gr>
To: "Jeffrey Yasskin" <jyasskin@hotmail.com>
Cc: <www-style@w3.org>

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jeffrey Yasskin [mailto:jyasskin@hotmail.com]

> I believe, and I may be alone on this, that the true test of 
> when CSS is a 
> completely functional language is when it can be used to take 
> an arbitrary 
> XML grammar and make it as powerful as HTML. I should be able 
> to make up a 
> set of XML tags and, after linking it to a CSS stylesheet, make it do 
> anything an HTML 4 page can do. At the moment, I can't, and I 
> won't be able 
> to until scripting support is added to XML.

Absolutely. There is a growing need of XML applications that are web
based and use the XML as the application GUI too, while the point is to
be able to make something beyond HTML boundaries. I am building an XML
editor that has all the interface goodies of XMLSpy (and more) and I
could have only achieved this with CSS and behaviors. Although I
consider the server side part another story and although I am making the
damn thing to run on IIS/ASP, I was able to build on functionality using
XSLT. That way, the server side part can easily be ported to php or jsp.

On the other hand, the front end is too dependent on the .htc behavior
implementation (it was the only way to avoid applets or activex and
"style" the XML in an interactive way). The point is, I am very sad to
find only the absence of a standard on this matter. If there was one, I
would easily share this with Mozilla or Opera users. Now I have to spend
two weeks learning and writing actionsheets, to avoid feeling guilty.
But still being proprietary towards an open-source implementation of

Ok I need some coffee. BTW, a screenshot of the XMLeditor[1]. I cannot
forget mentioning Philipp Lenssen and his valuable help on asp (plus his
excellent "sitemap" [2])



Kindest regards,

Received on Friday, 3 August 2001 04:44:11 UTC

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