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Re: [css-d] What happened to design?

Sent by Scott Andrew LePera on 25 January 2002 18:06

Gene LeFave wrote:

> I'd love to be able to offer different styles to my clients.
> But right now I can't risk the problems with CSS.  I think that I'd 
> literally have to detect the browser OS combination and use a 
> different page/css for each.  Which is the exact scenario CSS was 
> supposed to eliminate.

Really? I don't see it that way. I thought CSS was way to apply a 
suitable style to a particular user agent*.  Even if all browsers 
rendered CSS identically, you'd eventually  still have to serve up a 
different stylesheet for print, aural, handhelds, etc.  That's what the 
@import directive is for; importing the appropriate CSS for the 
application accessing the data.

* by "user agent", I mean more general terms: browser vs. screen reader, 
not Netscape 4 versus IE5 or whatever.

scott andrew lepera
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