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Re: FAQ about reasons behind CSS

From: Etan Wexler <ewexler@stickdog.com>
Date: Thu, 07 Jul 2005 01:15:10 -0400
Message-ID: <42CCBA5E.3060902@stickdog.com>
To: Laurens Holst <lholst@students.cs.uu.nl>, CSS specification-development list <www-style@w3.org>

Laurens Holst wrote to the CSS specification-development list 
<mailto:www-style@w3.org> on 30 June 2005 in “FAQ about reasons behind 
CSS” (<mid:42C35403.8060406@students.cs.uu.nl>, 
<http://www.w3.org/mid/42C35403.8060406@students.cs.uu.nl>):

> With the recent discussions in mind, and the doubts some people have 
> about why things were done a certain way in CSS, I have attempted to 
> create a FAQ:
> 
> http://www.grauw.nl/articles/css-faq.php
> 
> Hopefully this will give some insight in why things are the way they are 
> in CSS.
> 
> It should also give people a place to point to when they have to explain 
> something that has already been explained before.

The most frequent and persistent discussion seems to be the one about 
variables and constants in style sheets. As David Woolley notes, the 
issue rises and makes a stir about every six months. Laurens, if you 
want to do us a big favor, go through the archives, collect pointers to 
and quotations from both proposals for and arguments against the 
feature(s). Summarize the major positions, then offer the many links for 
further reading.

Another modification in order is a change of title. The document that 
you, Laurens, have authored is not the CSS FAQ, but the www-style FAQ. 
If “The www-style Mailing-List FAQ” seems a poor title, there are 
options still conceivable. The important thing is to toss the misleading 
title, “The CSS FAQ”, which implies design advice.

I applaud your effort, Laurens.

-- 
Etan Wexler.
Received on Thursday, 7 July 2005 05:12:17 GMT

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