World Wide Web Consortium Publishes Public Draft of CSS2


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"With the release of CSS2, the W3C has addressed many of the design and accessibility concerns of web publishers. In terms on making the web truly worldwide, one of the most significant additions is the ability to specifiy a downloadable font resource to use in rendering a document. Bitstream is proud of its contribution to this effort, both as an active member of the style sheet working group and as the provider of Bitstream TrueDoc, the premier technology to fully realize both the stylistic and internalization aspects of CSS2 Web Fonts today."
-- Brad Chase, Director of Product Marketing, Bitstream Inc.

"CSS2 is a very important release for all content providers on the Web. The Web without CSS provides information, the Web with CSS starts to provide documents. The new fields covered by CSS 2 will encourage Web designers to produce clean HTML code separating precisely content and rendering. In our industrial environment, this separation is a guarantee of re-useability, quality and lowest cost. We are now eagerly awaiting full CSS2 support by software vendors."
-- Daniel Glazman, Web Team Technical Manager, Electricité de France

"As the Web matures, it is gets better looking and easier to use, thanks in large part to Cascading Style Sheets. The latest Cascading Style Sheet specification is another big step forward. I am pleased to have been a part of this effort, especially since CSS2 helps address so many accessibility issues for persons with disabilities."
-- Murray Maloney, Technical Director, Grif S.A.

"Including Hewlett-Packard's proposed printing extensions in CSS2 represents a significant step forward in the printing of pages from the World Wide Web. Now, for the first time ever, users can receive web content formatted exactly as the author intended whether viewed on screen or on the printed page. This innovation furthers HP's digital workplace strategy by enabling the accurate distribution of information across the web regardless of whether the final document is required in digital or hardcopy form."
-- Ira Goldstein, Internet Technology Officer & General Manager, Internet Technolgy Group, Hewlett-Packard Company

"The CSS2 Working Draft extends the benefits of CSS to Positioning, Printing, Fonts, and Tables. Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 leads the industry with its CSS support today, and we will continue to support this critical technology as the W3C moves forward."
-- David Cole, Vice President of the Internet Client and Collaboration Division, Microsoft

"As a leading supporter of open standards, Netscape recognizes the tremendous value in supporting a platform-independent, open standard for style sheets, giving Web designers a common architecture for building richer Web pages. As one of the first vendors to include full support of the Cascading Style Sheets, Level 1 recommendation advanced by the W3C, Netscape has already demonstrated commitment to its widespread adoption as a standard. With the launch of Netscape Communicator 4.0 in June, Netscape delivered support for CSS1 across sixteen computing platforms, and included many major elements of the W3C's CSS Positioning working draft ("Positioning HTML Elements with CSS"). Today as these two important standards continue to evolve under the new working draft, Netscape looks forward to continuing its work with the W3C and plans to fully support CSS2 in a future version of Communicator once the standard is finalized."
-- Dave Rothschild, Vice President of Client Products, Netscape Communications Corporation

"For SoftQuad, bringing style sheets to the Web means giving users much more control over the look of a Web site than HTML alone can provide. We're delighted to have been part of the W3C Working Group designing CSS, and are looking forward to being able to give our customers the great control over the appearance of their pages that CSS2 will allow."
-- Lauren Wood, Technical Product Manager, SoftQuad, Inc.

"CSS2 goes a long way to making CSS truely international. Style sheets can be written to select styles based on language, which allows high-quality presentation of mixed language texts of all kinds. Support for the widest range of characters is possible because CSS supports the full range of ISO 10646 (aka Unicode), and font downloading can make sure these characters can actually be viewed."
-- Dr. Martin Dürst, Department of Computer Science, University of Zurich

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