Subject: RE: CSS and XSL
From: "Jelks Cabaniss" <jelks@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 14:24:38 -0500
> 	why not:
> 	<css:style>
> 		<css:rule select="body" type="element">
> 			<css:property name="background-color" value="red" />
> 			<css:property name="color" value="green" />
> 		</css:rule>
> 		<css:rule select="emphasis" type="class">
> 			<css:property name="font-weight value="bold" />
> 			<css:property name="font-style" value="italic" />
> 		</css:rule>
> 	</css:style>
> 	This is hardly more verbose than CSS itself but is XML, and can be built
> via XSL. Same number of lines as your example (assuming you include the
> <style> </style> wrapper). I'll race you to parse the two :-)

Don't you think *mentally* parsing

	body { background-color: red; color: green; }
	.emphasis { font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; }

is easier on eyes and brain than the proposed above XSL equivalent?

As to *machine* parsing, what's the deal?  *Approximate* pseudo code:

   Loop through declared styles:
      Non-whitespace before '{' becomes SELECTOR.
      Repeat until '}':
         Non-whitespace before ':' becomes PROPERTY.
         Non-whitespace between ':' and (';' or '}') becomes VALUE.
      End Repeat
   End Loop

Avoid *that* just so we can have pointy-bracket parsers for Style?

Why not have XFL just parse (as above), then apply the styles to the XTLed tree?


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