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Re: CSS in XML format ?

From: Patrick Andries <pandries@iti.qc.ca>
Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2002 20:29:18 -0700
Message-ID: <089801c2288b$242a6ac0$2677c818@Patrick2650>
To: <robin@knowscape.com>, <www-style@w3.org>

----- Original Message -----
From: "Robin Berjon" <robin@knowscape.com>

> On Thursday 11 July 2002 02:17, Patrick Andries wrote:
> > De: "Jan Roland Eriksson" <jrexon@newsguy.com>
> >
> > > CSS is a "non procedural, descriptive only" language, it shall stay
> > > way of course (advocating this to the current CSS WG, if it helps).
> >
> > I do not understand how this contradicts its syntax being XML. Could you
> > explain ?
> It doesn't contradict it directly,

Thank you.

>but it does express the idea that CSS-X as
> the main syntax for CSS is impractical for a number of things. The nice
> compact syntax works well for humans and computers alike.

I'm not aware than computers care much about compactness.

> > > It's about understanding to use the right tool for the job at hand,
> > > "bandwagon" fools a lot of people to think in opposite ways.
> >
> > Yes, yes. I'm sure those "fooled by the bandwagon" appreciate.
> >
> > Let's stick to explaining why XML is incompatible with the  non
> > procedural, descriptive only  nature of CSS.
> Now, instead of sliding into an endless thread that will achieve nothing
> because 1) the people that aren't interested in CSS-X won't become
> and 2) the people that are won't cease to be, can't we just leave it at
> rather simple terms?

No one can thus be uninterested in the beginning or even willing to change
his mind ?

> If you're interested in CSS-X, then please prove to the world (or at least
> yourselves) that it's useful by implementing it. It's not hard. What's the
> point in trying to convince people that have no use for it anyway?

Understanding what their objections may be and learning about alternate
tools (SAC for instance).

P. Andries
Received on Wednesday, 10 July 2002 23:29:21 UTC

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