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Re: CSS does not use the XML syntax. Why not?

  • From: Rick Jelliffe <rjelliffe@a...>
  • To: "Costello, Roger L." <costello@m...>
  • Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2008 22:28:44 +1000

Re:  CSS does not use the XML syntax.  Why not?
Costello, Roger L. wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> CSS does not use the XML syntax.  Why not?
Cause it had to fit into attribute values?
> Is there something about CSS that makes its current syntax better
> suited than the XML syntax?
It can fit into attribute values.  Terser. Looks more C/INI -like.
> In general, when should the XML syntax be used, and when should it not
> be used?
At some point down the foodchain, structure becomes unimportant and 

For example, in CSS what do { and } mean (i.e. what name would we give 
them in an XML version?)  The answer: who cares!  No name is best 
because its name would just be some indication that it groups and { 
conveys it just as well.

I think when you have a change in domain, it is natural to have a change 
in notation. 

And when there is already an extablished notation, having XML carving 
doesn't give much benefit.

The same its true for explaining microformats too: needed in attributes, 
uninteresting regular structure, change in domain from other data 
content of document, ?use of established notations?

Why CSS? Why not URLs too?

Rick Jelliffe

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