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Re: The CSS Problem

From: Sebastian Zartner <sebastianzartner@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2012 12:21:40 +0100
Message-ID: <CAERejNbr3AE6mGxZSmDf5KPyKACfev7W_S6PVgft0afQCO5WvQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: David Woolley <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>
Cc: www-style CSS <www-style@w3.org>
David Woolley wrote:

> Sebastian Zartner wrote:
>  Do you have all functions, features and possibilities of your favorite
>> programming language in mind? And do you regularly make use of all of them?
>> People do not need to know every CSS 2 property to achieve their
> I think CSS and HTML suffer much more than normal programming languages
> from cut and paste programming, so many people will be using a small
> repertoire, taken from cook book sites, or plagiarised.  Relatively few
> will actually understand CSS.

To learn how to use the tools a programmer is using is his responsibility.
I don't believe the W3C can do anything against people not wanting to
tackle with CSS / HTML by themselves and trying to understand what they are
copying. IF people want to learn, they can. And especially CSS and HTML are
languages with plenty good sources to get to know about them.

 goals. And the main features of CSS can be learned everywhere. Also when
>> you read through the web there's a huge request for the things CSS 3
>> introduces.
> I think most of the demand for features comes from advertising
> "creatives", and they are under an imperative to be continually different,
> in theory from their competitors, in practice, from everybody's last year
> version.  I think that will make it almost impossible to  draw a line on
> what is included in CSS, even if most of it is only used for a year.

The new CSS standards are created to make styling easier and less hacky
plus allowing things you simply couldn't do before. A good example are the
upcoming layout modules. And these standards won't be thrown away just
because website layouts may be recreated every year.

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