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

Subject: Re: `High-level' format specifications with XSL?
From: Kai Grossjohann <grossjohann@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: 06 Jul 1998 09:48:28 +0200
kai gro johann
>>>>> Paul Prescod <papresco@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

Thanks, Paul, for clarifying the points I tried to make.  You got it
exactly right, except for one minor nitpick:

  > That is not true. Writing a stylesheet is a necessary precondition
  > of getting a reasonable printed rendition out of an XML
  > document. That's all he wants. He doesn't want to become a style
  > designer. He just wants to print his document out!

I am not primarily thinking about printing my documents out, I'm
thinking of on-screen presentation.  In a Web browser.

One additional aspect that comes to mind for on-screen presentation is
that different users like different fonts in their Web browsers.  I
don't want to make them use the fonts I like, I want them to be able
to choose theirs.  And I want to make them be able to choose whether
they like their headings green or blue or bold or italic or underlined
or ... you get the idea.  And I want the users to be able to choose
their spacing, too!  And the justification of the text, and so on.

My original try of writing an XSL stylesheet with HTML flow objects
(DIV and SPAN, mostly) resulted in a Web page shown in ten point Times
Roman, not the fourteen point Palatino I have told my Netscape to
show.  This leads me to thinking that XSL stylesheets with HTML flow
objects do not produce HTML pages of the kind where users can choose
their favorite rendering.

Do you all now understand what I'm trying to achieve?

You ate somebody? -- Just a leg. -- That's terrible! -- Not with mustard.
(Terry Pratchett: Interesting Times)

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