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CIWAS

Rationale for creation of ciwas

AFAICT, Arnoud Engelfriet, the proponent for the establishment of ciwa-stylesheets, is also the author of this rationale.

 RATIONALE: comp.infosystems.www.authoring.stylesheetsWeb style sheets have been around for a number of years, but their power and importance went largely unnoticed since few implementations existed. Web authors, anxious to add creativity to their pages by influencing the presentation, began to use Netscape's proprietary extensions rather than the more powerful style sheets. This was quite natural, since Netscape's proprietary extensions could be seen by a significant portion of Web users, while few would see style sheet enhancements.Today, more and more browsers are implementing style sheets, opening authors' eyes to unique features that allow influence over presentation while preserving platform independence. The advantages of style sheets became apparent, as did the disadvantages of continually creating more HTML tags for presentation effects.Currently, discussion concerning the use of style sheets takes place mostly in comp.infosystems.www.authoring.html. As style sheets are not actually a part of HTML, both topics would be better served with a separate newsgroup. At this time, the most popular stylesheet language is CSS1 (Cascading Style Sheets, level 1), but it is expected that other languages will also be supported in the future.

AFAICT, Arnoud Engelfriet, the proponent for the establishment of ciwa-stylesheets, is also the author of this rationale.

Sue Sims