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Fwd: [CSS21] body { padding: 8px; } HTML40 sample stylesheet

From: Tom Broxton <tom@isness.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2003 14:36:33 +0100
Message-Id: <01790D96-BEA5-11D7-B10A-00306563308C@isness.org>
To: www-style@w3.org

>> So that two people, without user styles, looking at a styled page see
>> the same page to the greatest extent.
> The fundamental philosophy of HTML is that it that it defines the 
> structure,
> so two presentations of a page which present the same structure are the
> same page, even if one has a gap between paragraphs, whereas the other
> has no gap, but indents the first line, etc.

Given that the descussion was regarding the default style sheet of for 
screen based media,  I think it is relevant and important that UA 
authors are encouraged to display web pages in such a way that they 
have a generally consistent user-interface.

While it is important to remember that the HTML we write *could* be 
displayed differently (or not displayed at all). We should not wish for 
a world in which the default rendering for a page was an uninterrupted 
stream of text with no distinction for headings, paragraphs or 

It may well be that allot of the conventions that we have settled are 
merely based on the way Mosaic did it, I think the web would be allot 
less popular if each subsequent UA author had gone their own way on how 
to display a page of information.

It makes sense that headings are more prominent than body text and that 
there is some consistency in the way that hyperlinks are displayed on 
they web.

The sample stylesheets are a way of describing this status quo. They 
are our 'user interface guidelines'  and they should remind us of they 
way that most users will expect to see a page.

Therefore I think it is important that they describe the way a user 
expects to see a page.
I would expect the same basic consistency in the default stylesheets 
for other media too.


Tom Broxton 07866 435 853

Tom Broxton 07866 435 853
Received on Friday, 25 July 2003 09:36:34 UTC

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