Historical Style Sheet proposals
During the history of the Web there have been a number of style
sheet proposals, 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
This proposal groups visual parameters and specifies a simple declarative
language for setting values. Simple and concise.
Stylesheet language proposal.
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
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 (postscript).
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.
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:
Simple Formatting Primitives
Kent Wittenburg and Louis Weitzman's
Presentation of Multimedia Documents Using Relational Grammars (Postscipt
version, large) Appeared in Proceedings of ACM Multimedia'94, San Francisco,
Oct 15-20, 1994
Several of the above proposals were presented at a W3C workshop
on style sheets in Paris Nov 6-7 1995. The notes are available.
Created: June 1997. Last updated: 22 October 2014.
Bert Bos, W3C Style Sheets Activity Lead
and Håkon Wium
Lie, former W3C Style Sheets Activity Lead