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Re: CSS in XML format ?

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2002 22:34:25 -0400
Message-Id: <200207120234.WAA18894@no-knife.mit.edu>
To: "Patrick Andries" <pandries@iti.qc.ca>
cc: www-style@w3.org

> I think this thread has been long enough, you like CSS as it is : terse. Too
> bad if it can't be automatically processed by the same standard used to
> transfom XML (and XHTML) documents.

It's a matter of what the goal is.  If the goal is to have a syntax that
can be easily processed via XSLT, then the syntax needs changing. If the
goal is to have a syntax that is human-readable and
human-understandable, then the syntax should stay as-is.

IMO, the situation is comparable the that of (La)TeX and MathML, where
there there are two formats -- one that is usable by humans and one that
is meant to be machine-generated.  In a similar vein, we have CSS and
XSL-FO.  Introducing yet a third way to style documents seems

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and 
persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
                                          -- John Ciardi
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