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Re: storing info in XSL-FO: new issue? [was: Draft TAG Finding:...]

From: Norman Walsh <Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2002 12:12:18 -0400
To: www-tag@w3.org
Message-ID: <87lm711pct.fsf@nwalsh.com>

/ "L. David Baron" <dbaron@fas.harvard.edu> was heard to say:
| On Monday 2002-08-19 17:11 -0400, Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:
|> all the information in all the markup. HTML is extremely limited. It 
|> can tell you that you're looking at paragraphs, headings, tables, a 
|> few other things. That's it. XML can do all that and far more.
| Which of these things that XML can do are relevant for documents on the
| *web*, intended primarily to be read by humans?

Oh, so additional semantic richness is unnecessary because it doesn't
have a browser presentation that is distinct from that which can be
achieved with existing HTML elements? 

But nevermind.

I know of only a very small number of people who have ever suggested
sending a document intended for human consumption over the web in any
format other than (X)HTML. The overwhelming majority of those people
were suggesting it only where the browser could produce HTML locally
with, for example, XSLT. Most of the remaining small percentage of a
small percentage wanted to do the display with XML+CSS.

And absolutely no one that I know, not even those in the small
percentage of a small percentage of a small percentage that remain,
have suggested that XSL FO was a suitable format.

                                        Be seeing you,

Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM    | [They] say the Earth is flat, but I know that
XML Standards Architect | it is round, for I have seen the shadow on
Sun Microsystems, Inc.  | the moon, and I have more faith in a shadow
                        | than in [them].--Ferdinand Magellan
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