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RE: Is time running out for the without STYLE SHEET guidelines?

From: Jesper Tverskov <jesper.tverskov@mail.tele.dk>
Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2003 10:23:56 +0100
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> No.  This is one of the most fundamental principles of HTML (which
> is getting a new lease of life in XHTML 2).  HTML provides content.
> The full meaning of a document should be available without styling.

I agree, but I also look at the real world.
The problem is not resources on the internet in the form of articles and documents.
The problem is that we also have websites looking and working more and more like applications, that is web pages being only a framework around resources.

It would be nice if these application like frameworks of HTML, CSS, JavaScript and server-side scripting, and I am only talking about the nice part of the problem, would also work without a stylesheet.

But take a look at how web applications are made in ASP.NET using Visual Studio.Net: Web controls that automatically turns themselves into HTML, CSS and JavaScipt at run time. The programmer can not even control the details of HTML, CSS and JavaScipts anymore. I stick to the good old ways of coding by hand, but what about the 99%? They can make a website ten times faster using the new way of coding!

The problem is that applications on the web are all around us, and nobody expects traditionel applications like Word and Excel to work without the code. In applications on the web HTML and CSS is most often part of the code or intermingled with code, though we do our best to keep them apart.

I just have a feeling, that in many cases it is urealistic to expect applications on the net to work with out the stylesheet of the application.

Jesper Tverskov 
Received on Thursday, 30 January 2003 04:18:08 UTC

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