RE: Can browsers show text? I don't think so!

From: Murray Sargent (
Date: Tue Jul 02 2002 - 17:49:15 EDT

Michael Jansson says:

> There are no technical reasons for why css/html4/xhtml can not produce
every bit as high quality
> as any other page layout format.

Sadly this is currently far from the case. HTML/CSS even including CSS3
is far from a professional document publishing format. It doesn't even
have center/right/decimal tabs and tab leaders, which virtually all WP
systems have. The list of DTP omissions goes on and on. Defining their
own XMLs is the direction that WP systems are going in for interchange.
XSLT can be used to translate between these XMLs to the extent that the
features are translatable. XHTML/CSS is only used as a fallback for

Which isn't to say that XHTML/CSS isn't cool. It is. But currently it's
a weak DTP format at best.


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