Welcome to www-style!

More than 100 people have added themselves to the www-style list after
it was announced this weekend. The list should now be operating
properly, and Nick Arnett has volunteered to archive the discussions
at [1]. Thanks!

Style sheets is a way of specifying presentation properties for
documents, e.g. colors and font sizes. Today, most WWW browsers
support style sheets through platform-dependant files. This leaves
full control in the hands of the user, but prohibits the exchange of
style sheets over the web, and the ability for authors to add their
presentation preferences. Many authors want to be able to add style to
their document, and HTML is under constant pressure to add formatting
tags like <COLOR> and <FONT>. Many of us believe style sheets offer a
better solution than constantly extending HTML with new tags or

Currently, there are a number of style sheet proposals on the table --
ehh, on the web that is [2]. None of them are
completed/implemented/deployed, and we will need some rounds of
discussions and implementations before we have style sheets on the
web. This list was created to host these discussions and to support
implementations. The floor is open.

[1] http://asearch.mccmedia.com/docs.html
[2] http://www.w3.org/hypertext/WWW/Style/

Disclaimer: On the topic of style sheets, I do not speak for w3.org or
any other organization. This is experimental stuff!


Hakon W Lie, WWW project CERN, CH-1211 Geneva 23