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Re: CSS does not use the XML syntax. Why not?

XML/XPath is definitely a rational solution. CSS is yet another textual language which needs a specific interpreter. For that, I don't like either Javascript or JSON : it remains me that too many programming languages are still using a C-like syntax, created so many years ago. I still think XML as the new ASCII for machine-to-machine transfers : whereas a structure exists, it should be expressed using an XML notation, that's all !

With an XML notation ("CSSX" ?), programs could generate, modify, compare them, and so on, much more easily.

For one of my customers, I have build a small CSS to CSSX application to be able to patch some CSS files using an XML patch notation before reconvert them to CSS via XSL-T.

On the other hand, I still think it is much easier for human beings to read and understand CSS than CSSX but the problem should be just an editor or a rendering problem.


Thomas Lord a écrit :
[email protected]" type="cite"> Robert Koberg wrote:
On Mon, 2008-06-23 at 12:04 -0700, Thomas Lord wrote:
An XML/XPath solution could [....]

the kids are calling it ajax

Sorta yeah.  Makes sense.   Scrubs clean some old messes
with its powerful abrasive power or something like that.
Far more effective on caked on messes than mere SOAP.

Still, there's some beautiful austerity and maturity of thought
to what's emerging in the XML / XPath / XSLT / XQuery
world that draws on a lot of experience and perspective
"the kids" clearly lack.    It'll all get a lot more interesting
when things like the ajax world start to get coalesced and
rationalized and standardized a bit more.  "The kids" will be
shocked :-)




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