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Historical Style Sheet proposals
During the history of the Web there were a number of style sheet
proposals before CSS, and this page links to most of them. The
proposals are roughly in chronological order. They contain ideas
that current specifications build upon, and
serve as background material.
- Robert Raisch's A Style
proposal groups visual parameters and specifies a simple
declarative language for setting values. Simple and concise.
- Pei Wei's
Stylesheet language proposal.
- Håkon Lie's Cascading
HTML style sheets The emphasis here is not on syntax or list of
parameters, but on the ability for several style sheets (specified
by e.g. user and author) to influence the final presentation.
Comments from Bert
Behlendorf, Pei Wei,
Raggett. Kevin Hughes posted extensive comments and
suggestions to a later draft.
- Jon Bosak's HDL
proposal, the HDL Q & A.
- Joe English' Style Sheets for HTML
- Bert Bos' Stream-based
Stylesheet Proposal. This proposal borrows from -- and comments
-- several of the other proposals. Bert Bos also published a collection of articles on style
sheets in general.
sheets for HTML" Not much is known about this proposal.
- C. M. Sperberg-McQueen, Robert F. Goldstein:
HTML to the Max: A Manifesto for Adding SGML Intelligence to the
World-Wide Web This paper was presented at the WWW'94
conference in Chicago. Also from one of the authors: Sketch
of Simple Formatting Primitives
- Kent Wittenburg and Louis Weitzman's Automatic Presentation of Multimedia
Documents Using Relational Grammars (Postscipt version, large)
Appeared in Proceedings of ACM Multimedia'94, San Francisco, Oct
Several of the above proposals were presented at a W3C workshop on style sheets in Paris Nov
6-7 1995. The notes
Created: June 1997. Last updated: Fri 23 Oct 2015 11:35:01
Bert Bos, W3C Style Sheets Activity
and Håkon Wium Lie,
former W3C Style Sheets Activity Lead