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

Subject: RE: `High-level' format specifications with XSL?
From: "Hales, Lynn" <Hales_le@xxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 2 Jul 1998 07:48:39 -0400
love level format
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

Lynn E. Hales
Information Systems Specialist
Newport News Shipbuilding
(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
	document and let the computer worry about making it look good.  I
	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
	worry about making it look good.  But from my limited experience
	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
	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

	So, how do I produce `good-looking' (HTML) output without having to
	specify all spacings and font-weights and the like?

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

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