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Future of CSS in Semantic Web?

From: Shelby Moore <shelby@coolpage.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2005 05:40:29 -0500 (EST)
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I have explained why the semantic web will not be bound in the style layer:

http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/2005Nov/thread.html#123

...so perhaps the more interesting question forward for this group, is how
will styling be done for the semantic web?

Specifically reading through all my posts in above thread, we see that the
correct layer to bind semantics is in semantic markup, and XAML has a big
lead given it has the architecture and will have the client marketshare.

So it seems it would be interesting to explore how styling is done in
XAML, and think about how CSS might be integrated and what the benefits
and tradeoffs will be.  In short, what is the future of CSS given the sure
dominance of XAML?  You may disagree with the premise that XAML will
dominate, or that semantic web will be enabled via XML, in which case
don't refute it here, but in the linked threads above and below.

You may also want to refer to the links I gave in this post for the blogs
of Microsoft developers' explanations why they dropped CSS syntax from
Avalon/XAML styling:

http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/2005Nov/0095.html

If you are interested in exploring the ramifications of the premise.  I
suggest this thread as a discussion pad.

I will let others read up on XAML styling and come here to compare and
contrast.  I am not actually going to debate in this thread.  I just
wanted to seed the discussion by starting this thread.

One idea I have is a CSS converter that would convert CSS to XAML <STYLE>s
upon rendering or as a pre-processor.  I bet you all will come up with
better ideas.  Perhaps we will even get some ideological noise, e.g.
"solution == ignore XAML" :)


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Kind Regards,
Shelby Moore
http://coolpage.com
Received on Thursday, 24 November 2005 10:40:46 GMT

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