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Re: XBL is (mostly) W3C redundant, and CSS is wrong W3C layer for semantic behavior *markup*

From: L. David Baron <dbaron@fas.harvard.edu>
Date: Fri, 27 Dec 2002 19:26:16 -0500
To: Shelby Moore <shelby@coolpage.com>
Cc: "L. David Baron" <dbaron@fas.harvard.edu>, www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <20021227192616.A27811@is03.fas.harvard.edu>

On Friday 2002-12-27 18:13 -0600, Shelby Moore wrote:
> For me, I'd much rather having my work be transportable.  What is the
> benefit of having it not be transportable?

Are you saying that you want the results of the transformation to be
transportable over the network (e.g., as markup)?

The benefit of preventing this from happening is that it enforces the
separation of presentation from semantics, which is one of the main
goals of CSS.  There are many ways something such as an XForms select
element [1] might be presented, as shown in the figure [1].  These
presentations can be obtained by a transformation to other markup.
However, doing that transformation before sending the document over the
network would destroy the ability for the user to change which
presentation is used.  The user might want to change the presentation to
be compatible with the look and feel of the user's operating environment
or to be easier to use with the type of pointing or selecting device
being used.  Transporting the result of the transformation prevents this
from happening.

-David

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/xforms/slice8.html#ui-selectMany

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