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Re: The Conflicting Notions of Ease of Use and Need for Authoring Tools

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 29 Dec 2004 21:09:39 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <200412292109.iBTL9ev01422@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: www-style@w3.org

> With my Nvu [2] hat on, and working on both markup and style languages since
> 1991, I have to agree with you. Saying complexity in CSS is not a problem
> because Wysiwyg editors should be able to hide that complexity to web authors
> is just a false assertion. It's a false assertion because it defers complexity

I read Orion as wanting *more* complexity in CSS.  Certainly it is added
complexity that keeps getting rejected with the argument to do it in the
authoring tool.

> Coders facing a complex language read a how-to or a spec; normal users facing

The sort of changes that get directed to the authoring tools are typically
ones that make it more programming language like, e.g. variables and 
indirection.

Actually, one ought to expect a higher level of sophistication from style
sheet authors compared with content authors, as within an organisation, the
styling should normally be set centrally.  Individual authors, trying to 
style for themselves, are likely to be thinking purely presentationally,
and might be better off using SVG or PDF to export from their
WYSIWY - Really - G tool.
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