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Re: Frames spec & the NOFRAMES tag

From: Jon Bosak <Jon.Bosak@eng.Sun.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 17:48:24 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <199803232247.OAA09831@boethius.eng.sun.com>
To: sp249@cam.ac.uk
CC: howcome@w3.org, www-html@w3.org, www-style@w3.org
[Stephanos Piperoglou:]

| The second gripe I have is that there's still no way to bind a
| stylesheet to XML documents.

Actually, there is.  It's a very simple PI-based hack that was put out
on the xml-dev list about a year ago so that early experimenters could
start using style sheets with XML documents.  It was demonstrated in a
session at the WWW6 conference in April 1997 when Fujitsu Labs showed
HyBrick, an SGML/DSSSL Web browser, downloading and displaying XML
versions of Solaris documentation together with a DSSSL stylesheet
from an ICL server in Ireland and rendering it in real time in front
of a live audience.  (I mention this because not many people took note
of this fairly significant historical milestone at the time.)

I must confess that in the year since then the subject of formalizing
a general mechanism for associating stylesheets with XML documents has
taken a back seat to getting the XML specification itself out and
putting the beginnings of a namespace mechanism in place.  However,
the XML WG has taken note of the requirement, and it's now very high
up on our list of work items to be tackled next.

James Clark (who proposed the PI method in the first place) has, at
our request, posted a summary of that mechanism, which can be found at


I honestly can't remember whether the WG ever took a formal vote on
this, but it's stood as the ad hoc interim method for associating
stylesheets with XML documents since it was proposed.  I believe that
it was even implemented in a commercial product at one point.

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