RE: Style Matters - A class act

Subject: RE: Style Matters - A class act
From: "Didier PH Martin" <martind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 5 Feb 2000 14:40:52 -0500
Hi David [Pawson]

David said:
 Vun Kannon, David presents a solid mechanism
to 'link back' from target to source.

Simple question: Why?

In todays usage, certainly from this list,
it would appear that users aren't presenting
two documents to the reader, source and target,
simply the intended readable version.

Didier replies:
If the user agent receiving the document is an XML browser like IE5, then
the user do not have access to the HTML document resulting from the XSLT
transformation. The document sent by the server is, in this case, an XML
document and thus the semantics are intact.

If the user agent is, for instance, Netscape 4.5, then this latter is not an
XML browser and therefore, the document sent to this user agent is an HTML
document. If the user asks for the source, the HTML document is displayed,
not the original XML document. Thus, the original semantics are totally lost
and what the user get is only a rendition format not a "model". If, in this
document, a link pointing to an XSLT transformation script is included.
Then, the user can retrieve the original semantics by performing a reverse

Let's say that you received the following HTML document

<DIV style="font-size=12pt; font-family=Arial;">This morning, we got 2
inches of snow</div>
<span>the ski is marvelous here.<Span><span style="font-weight=bold;"> come
join us</span>

Now the question is: what was the original XML document? what is the model
that I am using to produce the above HTML fragment?

got it?

Didier PH Martin
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