Re: Style Sheets for HTML

Sarr Blumson (
Tue, 24 May 1994 15:17:46 -0400

Rob Raisch says:

<sigh> Yes, stylesheets are VERY VERY important to the future of the web
for publishing. Tools like Mosaic are only really useful to the
end-user. They support few of the requirements a publisher looks for in a
publishing platform.

Having talked to many, many publishers, I can tell you that they are
excited about tools like Mosaic until they resize the window -- thus
completely reformatting the document -- or until I show them how trivial it
is for the consumer to change the font.

I am visually handicapped. One of the things that makes my life a little more
difficult is publishers' fondness for making things a little prettier by doing
things like printing grey text on slightly lighter grey backgrounds (I find
much of what's printed in Wired illegible, for example). One of the ways that
WWW viewers make my life easier is exactly by allowing me to play with fonts
and colors so I can read more comfortably.

Stop talking to publishers. Talk to readers. Tell the publishers what the
readers said.

Sarr Blumson
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