Re: CSS and XSL?

Subject: Re: CSS and XSL?
From: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 11 Jun 1999 11:55:58 -0400
At 08:27 AM 6/11/99 -0700, Stephen Deach wrote:
>You will note, in my response to Mr Levanthal that I posted to this list, I
>included the following 2 statements:
>1.) "The XSL submission and charter require the XSL WG to support the
>functionality of both CSS & DSSSL. Well over half the effort of the group
>defining the XSL formatting objects was to understand the full
>capabilities, the property interactions, the discrepancies, and the
>limitations of BOTH these formatting languages, then redefine the
>formatting model in a compatible manner. XSL fully incorporates the
>formatting capability of CSS."
>2.) "The W3C has established a joint committee to maintain compatibility
>between XSL?s & CSS?s formatting models and properties."
>This seems to be pretty close to your desires stated below. 

Good to hear.  Perhaps if this had been made clear at the beginning of the
XSL process - and if early drafts had reflected and acknowledged CSS
influence more clearly - then we would have had considerably fewer sparks.
Supporting functionality and using the same vocabulary are two very
different things, and making clear that XSL will support CSS vocabulary
(and perhaps vice-versa) would definitely be a good thing.

Making that official and public, and not just a private opinion, would be
an even better thing.

Simon St.Laurent
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