Re: DSSSL and WYSIWYG Editing
> You can have multiple views without one being "structured" and the other
> "presentational". Standard word processors have "draft" and "preview"
> modes. With more powerful stylesheet languages the gap between "draft"
> and "preview" is larger. In the long term I think that WYSIWYG will take
> a back seat to interface clarity and power.
> In these cases, WYSIWYG would make the interface harder to navigate and
> harder to use. In the long run I expect WYSIWYG to gradually become less
> and less interesting. Graphical views of documents are important, but
> views that are exactly the same as readers are not really so important.
Wow. Better put a huge caveat on the above statements. Whose your target
user? Sure, if it's someone whose writing content all day where the ability to
control layout easily for the document as a whole is important, the stylesheet
view is important. For the other 99% of users, they just want something that
easily allows them to achieve the effect they're trying to achieve. Using a
stylesheet is like programming, and bottom line is that most users of composing
tools don't want to be programmers. Using a stylesheet requires planning, and
most users don't want to plan. They just want to write their content. Draft
and preview modes in a word-processor are nothing like structure vs. WYSIWYG
view. They're both WYSIWYG views with different trade-offs in resolution vs
I absolutely agree that WYSIWYG views can make things much more difficult to
achieve and difficult for the user to understand (e.g. what's the feedback for
an arbitrary DIV in a WYSIWYG editor? What are the operations for manipulating
content into or out of the DIV?). But that's the price to pay.