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Re: Center DIV

From: Charles Kendrick <charles@isomorphic.com>
Date: Fri, 04 Jul 2003 08:31:29 -0700
Message-ID: <3F059DD1.8000109@isomorphic.com>
To: www-style@w3.org

I don't follow.

What standards have, in the past, "degenerated" because they were made able to do more things?  What 
form did this degeneration take, specifically, was some group of people adversely affected?

Who are the people who can't distinguish between HTML, CSS, etc, why can't they distinguish between 
those technologies, and why is it bad?  When an end user can't tell that multiple technologies are 
involved, that's usually called "seemless integration".  When a developer can't tell, that's usually 
called a "junior developer" :)

David Woolley wrote:
>>David, why can't a tool be used for multiple purposes?  Why must there be a highly specific tool for 
>>each of these uses?
> Basically because that is how all computing standards degenerate.  New
> standards are created to do a specific job well, then because people
> are unablble to cope with more than one tool, get forced to do the
> same job as many other tools, so they all end up doing the same jobs in
> incompatible ways.
> If a single tool was appropriate, there would be no HTML as we would
> all be using Word or PDF.  In particular, PDF better fits the desire
> of many designers for tight control of visual presentation.
> The most obvious, to me, degeneration in the web, apart from the fact
> that people can't distinguish between HTML, CSS, Ecmascript, DON, and
> even Flash, and call them all HTML, is that people do not use HTTP at
> all, trying to duplicate some features into HTML, where they only work
> for HTML, not for other media types.
Received on Friday, 4 July 2003 11:36:25 UTC

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