Re: Direct formatting STYLE attribute

Scott E. Preece (
Thu, 7 Dec 1995 16:09:56 -0600

From: Paul Prescod <>

| Most people are not taught HTML. They "pick it up on the Web". If they get
| confused, they ask someone or look it up in a book.


Yes, and I assume that once stylesheets are supported, the examples they see will begin to have common, standard stylesheet references in them and will use class= attributes.

|   The direct style attribute blurs the line between style sheets and HTML and
|   makes it more difficult to learn one without the other.

Maybe, but I would expect direct styling to be used so infrequently that the novice would be unlikely to be confused.

|							  Within weeks of the
|   release of the stylesheet enhanced Netscape, wg-html will be swamped with
|   requests for more "HTML style sheet tags."  "I wish HTML supported
|   florescent hyphenation"


|   If it were really the case that "one more feature" would not make a language
|   harder to learn, then every language could have every feature.  Those of us
|   (and this may well include you, Scott) who have programmed in languages that
|   have every feature know that this is _not_ the case.  Extra features do make
|   a language harder to learn, especially if they are features that blur the
|   difference between components of the system.

Extra features *can* make it harder to use a language. I think they *must* make it harder to use a language like a native, but not every language is structured in a way that makes learning a subset impractical.

|   Further, if those features blatantly overlap the abilities of another part
|   of the system, most people will think: "I must not understand this system.
|   Surely there is some difference between these two features."

So, how do you feel about naked lambdas in LISP (a language which does a good job of not forcing you to name things unless they need names)? Do you think LISP would be a "better" language if every function had to be created with defun?


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