The style sheet workshop was held in Paris Nov 6-7.
Here are the notes.
W3C Workshop on Style Sheets
November 6-7, 1995
Organized by the World Wide Web
Consortium and INRIA.
For background information on web style sheets, see the style sheet resource page.
Style sheets have the potential of adding style to the web without
sacrificing device-independence or document structure. Instead of
adding visual tags to HTML, style sheets attach presentational
information to the structure of SGML and HTML documents.
The goal of the workshop is to present the current status of style
sheets, and to provide a forum for discussing future development and
deployment of style sheets on the web. We want to bring together
browser implementors, content providers and the people behind current
style sheet initiatives. The outcome of the workshop will help W3C
focus its effors in this area. In particular, we hope the workshop
will produce a list of short term objectives to standarization, and a
list of volunteers from member organizations committed to providing a
specified amount of their time to help bring these things about on a
The workshop will run over two days. On the first day, presenters
will describe proposed style sheet mechanisms, demonstrate current
software, and outline their views on future deployment. On the second
day, smaller discussion groups will identify work, specifications and
code needed for style sheet deployment on the web.
Some likely discussion topics:
- Which content providers are significant for style sheet
deployment? Home page writers, newpapers, publishing houses? Web-site
- What are the requrements for a successful style sheet mechanism on
- The scope of style sheets mechanisms: should they handle UI
aspects (toolbar, menus, window size, etc.), link behaviour
(single/double click, drag), forms, etc.?
- How does the concept of style sheets fit with alternate UI
metaphors, e.g. outline editors, filtering agents, and virtual
- Is multiple style sheet formats beneficial or distracting?
- How to resolve presentation preference conflicts between authors,
publishers and readers?
- Is time on the side of style sheets? If not, how much time do we
- How to classify style sheets in as Internet Media types (MIME
types). Can style sheets be a case study for content negotiation?
- In HTML, how should styles be linked and embedded? STYLE element?
- How can non-visual media be supported through style sheets.
- How do the formatting models of the different proposals match? Is
- How can we improve the robustness of style sheet implementations
w.r.t. environment resources? E.g., should the output device provide
alternate fonts and colors? Can lessons be learned from current DTP?
Can one determine when a style rule is successful?
- What support software is determinant for the success of style
sheets? HTML browsers, SGML browsers, style sheet editors, DTP
conversion tools, link management tools, off-line rendering software
for high-quality printing, conversion tools between various style
- Software: what should W3C make available, what can others
- What needs to be done on a short time scale and who will do it?
Monday 6 November:
We also invite presentations from W3C member companies. Please
contact Håkon Lie
(firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to present.
There will be an informal workshop dinner Monday night.
- 09:00 Opening statement: Jean-Francois Abramatic (W3C/INRIA)
- 09:10 Introduction Steven Pemberton (CWI)
- 09:40 David Siegel "What do Web-site Designers Really Want?"
- 10:15 Daniel Connolly (W3C/MIT) "Style Sheets as a Tool for Information Management"
- 10:45 Coffee break
- 11:00 James Clark "DSSSL and DSSSL Lite on the Web"
- 11:45 Håkon Lie (W3C/INRIA) "Cascading Style Sheets"
- 12:15 Cecile Roisin (INRIA, OPERA) "P: a Style Sheet Language for Structured Documents"
- 12:45 Lunch
- 13:45 Kevin Hughes (EIT) "Why I don't use HTML extensions"
- 14:30 Dave Raggett (W3C/MIT/HP) "Style Sheet support for tables"
- 15:00 Break
- 15:15 William Perry (Spry) "Implementing Style Sheets in emacs-w3"
- 15:45 George Williams (Navisoft) "Style Sheets in the NaviPress Browser/Editor"
- 16:15 Break
- 16:30 Glenn Adams (Stonehand/Unicode), "Style Sheets and International Text"
- 17:00 Bert Bos (W3C/INRIA) "CSS level 2"
- 17:30 Louis Weitzman (MIT Media Lab), "Beyond Style: Adaptive graphic articulation within HTML"
- 18:00 End of presentations
Tuesday 7 November
Workshop chair: Steven Pemberton (CWI)
- 09:00 Brainstorming session. Goal: identifying topics for working
sessions. Chair: Steven Pemberton
- 10:00 Break
- 10:30 Working session
- 12:00 Lunch
- 13:00 Report from working sessions
- 15:00 Break
- 15:30 Call to action: commitments for follow-up activities
- 16:30-> Optional informal gatherings
Program coordinator: Håkon Lie
Administrative coordinator: Josiane Roberts (Josiane.Roberts@inria.fr)
The workshop will take place at INRIA/Rocquencourt,
close to Versailles outside Paris.
Unless otherwise arranged, workshop participants must book and pay
their own travel and accomodation. Lunch, coffee and an informal
dinner on Monday night will be covered by W3C.
The workshop is open for W3C member representatives (one per
member), and researchers in the field can participate by
invitation. There is no registeration fee. To register, please
phone: +33 1 39 63 51 02
fax: +33 1 39 54 38 50
Domaine de Voluceau
78153 LE CHESNAY CEDEX