W3C Issues Style Sheets Recommendation

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"The Web has been starved for well-designed graphical layout and presentation extensions. We've had too many arbitrary and poor extensions to the basic language of the Web, HTML. Cascading Style Sheets is a solid architecture that provide immediate answers to Web designers' request for rich styles, and is also a foundation we can build upon in the future. Microsoft was excited to commercially introduce CSS1 earlier this year, and even more excited to deliver CSS1 Advanced with the upcoming release of Internet Explorer 4."
-- John Ludwig, Vice President of Internet Client and Collaboration Tools, Microsoft
"Consistent with Adobe's mission to deliver tools that allow users to create compelling on-line content, a forthcoming version of Adobe FrameMaker will incorporate export to HTML with support for Cascading Style Sheets. CSS streamlines the HTML authoring process and will help FrameMaker users deliver more effective on-line messages by providing more control over the appearance of Web pages."
-- Sandra Knox, Product Marketing Manager, On-line Publishing, Adobe Systems
"Hewlett Packard is very pleased to support the W3C's Cascading Style Sheets specification. We believe CSS is the right approach to adding style to HTML documents, and we look forward to working with the W3C to extend CSS to support great printing of HTML documents."
-- Mark Gasteen, Manager, HP Labs E-Business Programme, Hewlett Packard

"We are proud of our ongoing role in the development of standards for interoperability on the World Wide Web and corporate intranets. Style sheets, together with the structure information markup provided by HTML 3.2, enable increasingly rich forms of graphic presentation and personalized views of information. SoftQuad remains a leader in providing products that utilize Web standards such as CSS1. SoftQuad HoTMetaL intranet Publisher (H.i.P.), a product tailored for intranet publishing, uses CSS1 in a new creative way. Through CSS1, the H.i.P. viewer supports personal views of information so that users see only the parts of a document that are pertinent to them. Both H.i.P. and our upcoming release of SoftQuad HoTMetaL PRO offer a convenient style sheet editor with CSS1 support to ensure that documents display as the publisher intended."
--Murray Maloney, Technical Director, SoftQuad Inc.

"Grif is a strong supporter of W3C's ongoing efforts to develop and implement the definition of a common style sheet format for HTML documents. Open solutions and standards like CSS1 offer significant advantages over the numerous proprietary solutions, which currently exist on the Web. We are pleased to be involved in the implementation of the CSS1 Recommendation and will continue to develop support for CSS1 in Grif Symposia Pro Web Publisher."
--Bertrand Mélèse, President, Grif
"Finally we can interact on the Web with elegance and style! This is a natural and long awaited step in augmenting the ease-of-use of the Web at the same time as we get augmented search and indexing capabilities and potentially less bandwidth waste. The latter is one crucial part for building an efficient mobile and ubiquitous Web."
-- Staffan Liljeren, Research Manager, Media Lab, Ericsson
"Adopting a standard for style sheets is essential for Web content developers to feel comfortable implementing them. Style sheets will make it easier to format Web pages and maintain Web sites. Web designers will have greater flexibility in creating page presentations. Users will also benefit as better page design and greater consistency will make Web sites easier to use."
-- Dale Dougherty, President, Songline Studios, an Affiliate of O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.
"The Cascading Style Sheets Recommendation is a big step forward by allowing authors and publishers to express their intent by setting the presentation of a document. The Reed-Elsevier plc group, being a full member of W3C, supports the implementation of CSS1 and will utilise it to style its documents when appropriate."
-- Herbert van Zijl, Deputy Head of Information Technology Development, Reed-Elsevier
"All the hard work on Cascading Style Sheets is finally paying off. The unilateral, a-la-carte approach to releasing new HTML tags has caused web designers more pain and suffering than necessary, with minor symptomatic relief. I support instead the peer-reviewed, Consortium-driven approach to standardizing HTML and CSS, so my clients can be assured that their money goes into design, not into working around cross-platform, cross-version compatibility issues. I support Microsoft and Netscape in working with the W3C to make this a reality. The Web will be safer for designers if the W3C helps mediate the browser wars. Cascading Style Sheets is a giant step in the right direction."
--David Siegel, President, Studio Verso
"CSS is an important new technology which gives content providers more of the tools they need to create an excellent user experience. Spyglass will continue to support the W3C's efforts in further advancement of CSS as the right vehicle for fine control over Web page layout."
-- Eric W. Sink, Software Engineering Manager, Spyglass
"I whole-heartedly support the CSS1 specification and look forward its broad and speedy implementation among many vendors. This will significantly simplify the construction and maintenance of large groups of related HTML documents. The separation of content from recomend rendering is consistent with good SGML, makes Web space more manageable, and lays down a good foundation for easily adapting documents to new forms (e.g., for the visually impaired). Our Information Architecture Project is committed to including CSS1 in our Laboratory Standard HTML as soon as it becomes more widely implemented."
-- Tad Lane, Information Architecture Standards Editor, Los Alamos National Laboratory
"Netskills, a leading networking training group based at Newcastle University, have been early developers of training materials in the use of style sheets. Stylesheets not only provide greater control over the appearance of documents on the Web, they also can reduce the maintenance costs for those responsible for managing large numbers of documents. Graphic Designers will value the control over the appearance that stylesheets will provide, while webmasters will appreciate minimising the numbers of files to maintain. No more running Unix scripts over many thousands of files to updated a dated mid-1990s look! "
--Brian Kelly, UK National Web Coordinator


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