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RE: `High-level' format specifications with XSL?

Subject: RE: `High-level' format specifications with XSL?
From: "Pawson, David" <DPawson@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 2 Jul 1998 15:34:19 +0100
hi level formatting

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Hales, Lynn [SMTP:Hales_le@xxxxxxx]
> Sent:	Thursday, July 02, 1998 12:49 PM
> To:	xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject:	RE: `High-level' format specifications with XSL? 
Lynn Hales wrote:

> In reality, the information on how a heading is formatted is there.
> Someone
> else has done the work for you.  Recall with XML, I can call a header
> anything I want.  Until I tell the formatting engine what that header is
> and
> what is expected of it, I get nothing in return.
> 
> I will agree that for the average user, developing any kind of style sheet
> is kind of mind boggling.  We are too used to the Word and WordPerfect
> WYSIWYG that write the style file based on what we place in the document
> from the tool bars.  That kind of functionality would be nice in a XML
> application.
> 
Isn't that what

http://www.arbortext.com/xmlstyler

does, or makes a first attempt at doing?

regards, DaveP


> Lynn E. Hales
> Information Systems Specialist
> Newport News Shipbuilding
> hales_le@xxxxxxx
> (757) 688-2949
> 
> 
> 	----------
> 	From:  Kai Grossjohann[SMTP:grossjohann@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
> 	Sent:  Thursday, July 02, 1998 7:33 AM
> 	To:  xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> 	Subject:  `High-level' format specifications with XSL? 
> 
> 	Hi all,
> 
> 	I use and love LaTeX because it allows me to `semantically' mark up
> a
> 	document and let the computer worry about making it look good.  I
> just
> 	tell it I want a section with the following heading, and LaTeX
> 	produces the right amount of spacing and the right font weight and
> 	size for the heading and so on, to make the output look good.
> 
> 	I'd like to use something similar for XSL.  While HTML has very
> 	limited structuring capabilities, at least I can say I want a
> 	subsection heading (<H2>) and let the browser (and with CSS, the
> user)
> 	worry about making it look good.  But from my limited experience
> with
> 	the xslj/jade combination, it seems that I can't just tell it I want
> 	to have a section heading.  Instead, I must tell it that it should
> be
> 	left-justified, the font style, the font size, the font weight, and
> 	the spacing.  I don't want to do that -- users should be able to
> 	configure their browser how they like, not have to accept my
> 	specifications.
> 
> 	So, how do I produce `good-looking' (HTML) output without having to
> 	specify all spacings and font-weights and the like?
> 
> 	tia,
> 	kai
> 	-- 
> 	You ate somebody? -- Just a leg. -- That's terrible! -- Not with
> mustard.
> 	(Terry Pratchett: Interesting Times)
> 
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