Re: DSSSL style editing (was: RE: Positioning...)
>>have you ever actually *done* this? For anything other than the most
>>trivial HTML, I think oyu'd be surprised at the results!!
>I have tried it and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, but the
>cases were it doesn't work are basically bugs. This isn't an intrinsically
>Another year and I think many of editing tools will be there.
An HTML will be somewhere else...
>Editing an arbitrary DSSSL style sheet in one GUI based editor and passing
>it on to another GUI base editor for editing seems to me like it a problem
>as difficult as solving the halting problem.
Nope, it's not. Editing HTML pages is *at least* as difficult, and
>I think the power of the web (and maybe its downfall) is that
>ordinary people without a lot of computer experience can create and
>edit content and make it available to the whole world. I think HTML,
>XML and CSS help bring more power to these ordinary users.
Sure, low cost of entry is *the* key to success. People have the power
to create, and publish information electronically, at little cost.
>On the other hand, DSSSL is more like a power tool. If you want to do
>things that are beyond the capability of CSS and your willing and able to
>write programs, than something like DSSSL makes sense.
Perhaps, though with application profiles (like DSSSL-O), you can
simplify it. I do not think this is really necessary though.
>Are you saying that people will be able to create GUI editors for
>arbitrary DSSSL style sheets that ordinary users can figure out.
Yes. Though there are different viewpoints to the problem that will
radically alter the overall structure of the editing environment.
>By the way are there any good books on DSSSL yet?
Not that I am aware of. I am contemplating writing one.