RE: Positioning HTML Elements with Cascading Style Sheets
>DSSSL very definitely is not. DSSSL is entirely functional and
>entirely side-effect-free. Nothing ever happens in a DSSSL
That would ease some misgivings about DSSSL being more 'script-oriented'.
From what I've seen it is a reasonable approach that authors could work
with. I would probably use DSSSL if it were widely deployed, perhaps in
parallel with CSS and other style languages to give a full range of choices
to the browser. As primarily an author/publisher of my own web site, I am
concerned only with the best way to present my content. I'm not tied to any
>stylesheet. The stylesheet is one giant function whose value is an
>abstract, device-independent, nonprocedural description of the
I have to admit the DSSSL model is intriguing. The samples posted here have
been quite interesting.
>* Generate a table of contents at this spot.
>These aren't contrived or artificial examples; they're dirt-normal
>commercial publishing. Without programming, you can't handle even the
I agree they are real tasks in publishing. But should they be generated as
they are rendered or as they are authored? Should a style language be
generating or manipulating content?
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