Re: Style Sheets for HTML

Gavin Nicol (
Tue, 31 May 1994 14:28:10 +0500

>> I would like to see HTML+ as the common thread, where is all else
>> fails, every server, and every client should understand it, but I
>> would also like it to be possible to have clients and servers who are
>> aware of more than one DTD, and more than one stylesheet.
>Yeah. Yeah Yeah.

Emphatic agreement?

>But having got a rich enough set for simple use (many of the people much of the
>time), perhaps we should stop there. Attempting to make a DTD that is all things
>to all people would be futile - have you seen a publishers DTD, for example?
I have, I have. Most are not beautiful, to say the least :-(
>On the other hand if you could put up arbitrary SGML, with a link to the DTD and
>the style sheet in the header, and if a browser (using the distributed flock of
>cooperating services model) hauls in an SGML parser to deal with it, that would
>be good.
>HTML+ then would become a lingua franca, efficient because you don't need to
>send over the DTD, while richer DTDs could be used for documents where you do
>need the structure to be kept intact.

It must have been emphatic agreement, because these few paragraphs contain
the core of one of my ideas. :-)

This must happen sooner or later, let's make it sooner.