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Re: [css-document-class] defining basic style

From: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>
Date: Thu, 05 Feb 2015 14:19:18 +0100
To: Sanja Bonic <sanja.bonic@univie.ac.at>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <j5r6dad80j9g7i9qemgs5v9o52p2ni0d40@hive.bjoern.hoehrmann.de>
* Sanja Bonic wrote:
>I was thinking of a standardized set of guidelines for browsers so that 
>a document looks like a basic set of styles and the browsers themselves 
>would implement this. So, a normal user does not have to think of 
>cross-browser compatibility when they just want to write an article and 
>maybe print them later on in a different format. For these purposes, 
>usually LaTeX is used together with a basic document class, but only 
>people who already have some more advanced IT knowledge use LaTeX and 
>the others are stuck with Word and its alternatives.

I do not think it is realistic to expect browser vendors to come up with
more user agent style sheets that web pages could selectively apply. For
one thing, it would be difficult to ensure that updates to such style
sheets do not "break" deployed content. Keep in mind that authors would
still add their own styles and scripts and other features and adding one
more pixel to a margin could already have negative effects.
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