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Frame-based layout via Style Sheets

From: Eric Costello <eric@schwa.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2002 17:03:25 -0400
Message-ID: <110873719201.20020411170325@schwa.com>
To: www-style@w3.org
Hello,

Can anybody point me to some information on this working draft:

http://www.w3.org/TR/WD-layout.html

I assume it never made it past the working draft stage, and I'm
interested in why.

IMO, it is exactly what CSS is lacking: a way to define a grid
construct in CSS that exists in some sense apart from the markup
content that will fill it.

Floating is an abominable layout tool, and absolute positioning is not
much better.

We need a way to describe spatial relationships between different
sections of the layout. This is what tables do well, and why they have
been abused for page layout.

CSS table display properties miss the boat also, I think, because of
their unnecessary complexity, and the fact that as I understand it
they rely on the order of elements in the markup.


Thanks,
Eric

Eric Costello
mailto:eric@schwa.com
http://www.glish.co
Received on Thursday, 11 April 2002 17:03:28 GMT

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