RE: CSS does not use the XML syntax. Why not?
That's the well-known impedance mismatch with objects: attributes are not OOP fields. No matter how it is explained away, some want atts to have structure and that is the same as saying they might as well-be subtrees (the Xerox solution from way before XML or HTML). It's fun to play what-if in a historical mode, but there isn't much chance of a change here. The alternative is to get the CSS out-of-line but the implementations for this and other things att values are used for has possibly gone too far for too long. I do remember the CSS vs markup syntax discussions, but didn't want to comment publicly. The outcomes are what they are and having seen what markup looks like in graphics, my mind changed. Sometimes pointies are the wrong way to go for aesthetics. len From: Thomas Lord [mailto:lord@e...] Len Bullard wrote: > The problem of having values in attributes would still exist. I was vaguely imagining that CSS attributes would become element attributes in isolated namespaces, so, no problem. What is currently a single attribute in HTML would get bust out into several attributes in HTML. (This is not to say that moving away from the current CSS syntax in browsers and as used in HTML is practical. Just how it might be if history had happened in a slightly different order or how it might look if the current situation can be sealed off like a blowed up reactor and covered over with clean new standards and translators in between.) > A follow on > question might be is the use of microformats and other values in attributes > such as scripts a sound use of XML attribute value-pairs. > You're asking the wrong guy, partly. I have (unsurprising and probably somewhat shared) views on what's practical and appropriate in that area but, in the bigger picture, I think the limitation of XML attribute values to be strings is a mistake: attribute values which are arbitrary elements should be permitted, in my view. QNames for element names and attribute names I can see -- you want values with a fast equality test and namespaces for those things. Attribute values, however, should be less constrained. -t This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please notify the sender. This message contains confidential information and is intended only for the individual named. If you are not the named addressee you should not disseminate, distribute or copy this e-mail.
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