unruly stylesheets vs. unruly HTML (was: battlefields)

David Megginson (dmeggins@aix1.uottawa.ca)
Tue, 16 Jan 1996 05:46:38 -0500

I think that the Håkon is right to suggest that stylesheets are
a better place for vendor battles than are the HTML standards. First,
the life of the information in someone's HTML documents will usually
be much longer than the life of the style chosen for those documents
(what happens in five years when marquees and gradients in the
background are considered tacky, or in fifteen years, when they become
part of retro-90's chique?). One company or organisation could
maintain hundreds or thousands of HTML pages, all sharing the same
standard style sheet -- if Ne**pe or Mi**ft continue to introduce
incompatible features, only the single stylesheet will need to be
changed (or served out conditionally depending on the browser type).
This doesn't eliminate the problem, but it reduces it drastically.


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