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Re: Status of XSL and CSS?

From: Paul Prescod <paul@prescod.net>
Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 03:20:41 -0500
Message-ID: <37105B59.34D5FEE7@prescod.net>
To: www-svg@w3.org
Chris Lilley wrote:
> 
> Correct; and, that is a good thing.
> 
> The spec that describes how authors describe links of various types in
> their document is XLink, not CSS.

Fine, but the specification that describes how those links should be
presented to the user should be a stylesheet language:

"XLink does not provide mechanisms for controlling link formatting because
it is considered to fall into the domain of stylesheets. Link behavior
should ideally also be determined by rules based on link types, resource
roles, user circumstances, and other factors."

http://www.w3.org/TR/WD-xlink#behavior

It is probably best for CSS to wait for XLink before defining these things
but it is nevertheless the case that in the meantime CSS is not a very
capable XML stylesheet language unless your document type is designed
specifically for compatibility with CSS.

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

By lumping computers and televisions together, as if they exerted a 
single malign influence, pessimists have tried to argue that the 
electronic revolution spells the end of the sort of literate culture 
that began with Gutenberg’s press. On several counts, that now seems 
the reverse of the truth.

http://www.economist.com/editorial/freeforall/19-12-98/index_xm0015.html
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