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Subject: RE: [docbook] Whatever happened too CSS+XML?
> I guess this is where we differ in our opinions. (Or I > misuderstand the intent). > I (say) want rough and ready output for a website. > Peter wants very slick presentations for his legal customers. I beg to differ that we differ ... (or something). If we have - mean clean lean XHTML that accurately represent the rendering *intention* without messing with the actual rendition - a modular CSS that reflects the *types* of rendition intention, take advantage of the 'Cascading' in CSS and some way to represent property groups it is piece of cake to change fonts, colors, margins, linking behaviour, etc. in a typographically consistent manner. The classic showpiece is css Zen Garden: http://www.csszengarden.com/ Another example that demonstrate what CSS can accomplish in a dramatic fashion: http://www.themaninblue.com/writing/ The main point of using CSS is actually that you can get rough and ready output for a website, while I re-purpose the same XHTML for an e-book, and someone else syndicates the content into a glossy weblog. kind regards Peter Ring > -----Original Message----- > From: Dave Pawson [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] > Sent: 9. november 2005 18:15 > To: Peter Ring > Cc: DocBook > Subject: RE: [docbook] Whatever happened too CSS+XML? > > > On Wed, 2005-11-09 at 00:43 +0100, Peter Ring wrote: > > > Earlier this year, it was suggested on the docbook-apps list > >that lean clean XHTML output might be desirable for some > purposes . > >As Bob Stayton says : > > > > "Since this XHTML would be dependent on CSS for styling, I > think the spec would have to include a template for the CSS." > > If I ever get round to it, I'd like to try Norm's rev 5 approach to > customisation > for this. I still think it's a worker, and a common format could > possibly meet the 80%. > http://norman.walsh.name/2005/11/05/dbtiny > > > > This "template for the CSS" would amount to a declarative > spec for rendering expectations of (a significant part of) > DocBook elements. > > The CSS should be modular to better refelect the various genii and > species of DocBook >elements. A modular template might rely on > extensions similar to XXE's , or a trivial > > representation of the CSS syntax in XML. > > I guess this is where we differ in our opinions. (Or I > misuderstand the > intent). > I (say) want rough and ready output for a website. > Peter wants very slick presentations for his legal customers. > > I can't see a common CSS model there, can you? > > I like the way I can ask the stylesheets to hang class > attributes for me > to use with CSS, > but I'll use purple background where Peter will want Royal blue :-) > > > > > > -- > Regards, > > Dave Pawson > XSLT + Docbook FAQ > http://www.dpawson.co.uk > >