RE: Leventhal's challenge misses the point

Subject: RE: Leventhal's challenge misses the point
From: Linda van den Brink <lvdbrink@xxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 28 May 1999 14:13:07 +0200
Maybe the solution there is to have teams of specialists who do visual
design and specialists who take care of publication of (textual/other)
source adhering to this design. I've seen people who draw their entire
visual design of a web page in for example paint shop pro, and then show
this to a web programmer who actually creates it for them. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Miles Sabin [mailto:msabin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Friday, May 28, 1999 1:25 PM
To: 'xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx'
Subject: RE: Leventhal's challenge misses the point

Linda van den Brink wrote,
> Miles Sabin wrote: 
> "So, transformations are involved. In which case I 
> question your confidence that 'almost everyone will be 
> able to learn enough of it for their purposes'. It's 
> not that I doubt the _intelligence_ of (most 
> importantly) graphic designers, I just doubt that 
> they'll have either the time or the inclination to 
> learn how to be programmers."
> Which means they're out of the scope of this 
> discussion, since they won't be inclined to learn 
> either XSL or DOM+[a scripting language].

Agreed, but then maybe the scope should be widened a
bit. One day in the electronic publishing future we'll
want it to be possible for (audio-)visual design to be 
done by people who specialize in design, rather than 
programmer-designer hybrids. Neither DOM+CSS nor XSL
address that constituency IMO.

Could tools help? I'm not so sure ...



Miles Sabin                          Cromwell Media
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