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

Sent by Eric A. Meyer on 26 January 2002 09:09

At 1:52 -0600 1/26/02, Ben Henick wrote:

>Actually, nested blocks used in combination with the float property (or
>positioning) make this a viable - if not straightforward - presentation
>Yes, I'll write a demonstration, if asked.

    I'd like to see it!

>>  objects in drawing programs (hence the postscript reference).  Perhaps this
>>  is in fact the ultimate goal of the CSS guru's - I don't follow the
>>  development at all, so I don't know - but I sure hope so.
>Eric - knowest thou of the future of the language to this extent?

    I wouldn't say "know," but I can make some guesses.  With the 
recent release of SVG 1.1, there will be a renewed interest in 
bringing SVG support to the browsers.  Since SVG lets an author 
define any shape and flow text within it, and it already reuses a lot 
of CSS concepts and properties, that would very simply solve our 
"rectangles only" situation.  Assuming SVG support were built into 
browsers, of course.
    If SVG fails to catch on, then I imagine there will be a push to 
bring some of its concepts into CSS, and get the support that way. 
That would likely be a multiyear process, however.

>But the future of the Web lies in giving separate sandboxes to
>content/data, presentation, and structure.  We have the tools to build
>those sandboxes, now.  All we have to do is learn how to use them
>Thus, this list.  :-)

    Darned tootin'.

Eric A. Meyer (, List Somethingorother
"CSS is much too interesting and elegant to be not taken seriously."
   -- Martina Kosloff
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