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Re: Status of XSL and CSS?

From: Paul Prescod <paul@prescod.net>
Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 00:30:50 -0500
Message-ID: <370EE20A.C954649C@prescod.net>
To: www-svg@w3.org
Chris Lilley wrote:
> 
> > However, CSS (at least CSS1) was created before XML (and therefore slightly
> > kludgy when it comes to XML?),
> 
> No, it works fine with XML, but CSS2 works better because the selectors
> are more flexible. The actual apparatus of both CSS1 and CSS2 works fine
> with XML, and there are several CSS1 implementations that style XML
> documents.

I think that that is overstating the case. As near as I can tell CSS has
no way of allowing authors to choose their own element type names for
links or graphics. Unless I am wrong, information owners would have to
design their document types around CSS which goes somewhat against the
spirit of XML. This is too bad because I think that CSS could be an
excellent language for XML editor stylesheets.

-- 
 Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself
 http://itrc.uwaterloo.ca/~papresco

"The Reduced * Set (R*S) is a design paradigm promoting simplicity 
over all other design constraints. R*S may be applied to all 
seven OSI networking layers. In fact, layers one through six 
may be simplified to the point of extinction, promoting the 
ultimate goal of reduced complexity and utility."
 - http://www.w3.org/1999/04/REC-Reduced-set
Received on Saturday, 10 April 1999 01:36:51 GMT

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