Re: DSSSL & Interleaf

Gavin Nicol (
Mon, 15 Jan 1996 12:35:41 -0500

>For starters, the syntax and semantics of CSS (to the extent that they are
>specified at all), seem to encounter significant changes every few months.
>In contrast, DSSSL is now an ISO standard.
>Moreover, the proposed style features represented by CSS seem to be
>poorly conceived, poorly specified, and, for the most part, a recipe
>for incompatibility.

I should note again that CSS, as it is currently specified, will also
*never* scale up to handle generic SGML, so the dreams of CSS-2 will
remain, forever, dreams.

This is, of course, in addition to the fact that to accomplish it's
main goal of avoiding tag explosion, it will have to be able to supply
all of the possibilities that tag explosion allows. It is not even
close yet, and probably will never approach this goal.

I think you'll find that people who really *care* about stylesheets,
have a very different set of needs, and a very different mindset to
the average WWW surfer.