Re: Anchored rendering of TABLE head/foot

Murray Maloney (murray@sco.COM)
Mon, 19 Dec 94 09:05:53 EST

> >>
> >> Hard coding anything to do with presentation is probably not
> >> a good idea.
> >
> >I can't agree with that.
> The biggest problem is that once you've hard coded something,
> you've made it harder to update/change the functionality. In
> addition, hard coding something that cannot be overridden
> takes power away from the end-user.

I dunno. If I hard code with attributes, then I have a lot of
flexibility to adopt or adapt. I never suggested that something
that was hard-coded could/should not be overridden downstream.

>From my perspective, it is very hard to tell who the end-user is.
I mean, is the end-user of a pencil the writer or the reader?

No, I have been suggesting the use of attribute architectural forms
as a means for both the author/publisher to indicate formatting
preferences, and as a mechanism for transporting formatting info.

I don't see the use of attribute architectural as superior to
style sheets or other mechanisms, but complementary to each other.of
In any case -- hard coded or external style sheets -- I do see
that any recipient should have the freedom to accept/ignore/modify
the formatting characteristics decisions that have been made upstream.