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
one implementation.

>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
>last one.

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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