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Re: SVG requires a parser in a parser?

From: Paul Prescod <paul@prescod.net>
Date: Thu, 22 Jul 1999 18:13:21 -0700
Message-ID: <3797C1B1.516C732B@prescod.net>
To: Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org>, www-svg@w3.org
CC: Rainer Prosi <rprosi@hdpp.de>
Chris Lilley wrote:
> Recall that style can be specified on parent elements, in a style
> element, or in an external style sheet, and will cascade in accordance
> with the normal CSS rules. This is much easier to accomplish when using
> the normal DOM 2 CSS Object Model, with a single style attribute which
> is just one part of the complete cascade.

I do not know why you say this. I asked in a thread months ago but did not
hear from anything from you. You keep accusing me of re-starting this
debate but then we always get to the point where you almost understand
what I am proposing and then quit.

CSS's inheritance and cascade rules are part of its *semantics*, not its
*syntax*. In fact, one wouldn't know anything about inheritance from the
BNF *at all*. Inheritance works perfectly well in languages that map
properties to attributes. xml:lang is an example (even if its *semantics*
are not implemented in the DOM or some other particular API).
NOTE-XSL-and-CSS also depends upon semantic inheritance with properties as
attributes. I don't see any connection at all.

 Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself

To me programming is more than an important practical art. It is
also a gigantic undertaking in the foundations of knowledge.
	- Grace Hopper
Received on Friday, 23 July 1999 00:55:28 UTC

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