Re: XSL Debate, Leventhal responds to Stephen Deach
At 06:28 AM 6/16/99 -0400, Paul Prescod wrote: >Having done this process right, for a sophisticated document type, it is >highly unlikely that you will be able to display your documents directly >using CSS. Graphics will cause a problem. Cross references will cause a >severe problem. Navigational mechanisms will be lacking...and so forth. > >Therefore you cannot just stick the XML file and a CSS stylesheet on your >website. You must dumb down the XML somehow -- to HTML or to some weakly >semantic variant that has redundant cross reference text, redundant >navigational mechanisms, HTML-compatible IMG tags and so forth. > >Without some client-side transformational mechanism (either XSL or the >DOM), CSS *discourages* the distribution of rich semantic information >because it requires you to dumb down your data. I'm afraid - in my opinion at least - that this is a gross underestimation of the capabilities of CSS. While CSS does not at present provide an easy way to display graphics, this is: a) easy to add b) dependent on XLink, which is thus far a no-show. Navigational mechanisms and cross references have similar dependencies on XLink, but I see no reason why they should cause 'severe problems'. It's not there yet, mostly because XLink isn't there yet, but these are hardly significant barriers. If you want, we can put this part of the discussion back on www-style, and see what people come up with. Unlike formatting objects, I think this is quite solvable. Simon St.Laurent XML: A Primer / Building XML Applications Inside XML DTDs: Scientific and Technical (July) Sharing Bandwidth / Cookies http://www.simonstl.com xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ and on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 To (un)subscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; (un)subscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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