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Subject: Re: syntax feedback
From: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 14 Dec 1998 10:47:02 -0500
studio 47 style revolution
At 03:00 PM 12/14/98 +0100, Chris Lilley wrote:
>Actually I find XML/CSS to be easier than HTML:/CSS because there are no
>stupid undocumented bugwards-compatible hardcoded rendering tricks to
>hack your way around. In other words, applying a CSS stylesheet to XML
>does what you expect it to. No more "why is there 40 pixels of left
>margin around that element no matter what my stylesheet does? Aha, its a

Agreed - this is truly a revolution, and one of the strongest reasons I use
to sell Web designers on using XML.  A CSS style sheet can define XML
presentation far more easily and completely that it ever could define it
for HTML, avoiding the hangover of HTML's formatting.  

If the browser (and other application) vendors could get their CSS act
together, I think we might well see the style sheet revolution finally come
to pass.  Not because the style sheet language has changed, but because the
data on which it operates is much more tractable.

XSL, of course, receives this benefit as well. I just wish the XSL
cheerleaders would avoid the temptation to tar CSS with HTML's sins.

Simon St.Laurent
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