Re: Cascading HTML style sheets -- a proposal

Brian Behlendorf (
Thu, 13 Oct 1994 08:32:50 +0100

I've showed the proposal to a couple of people around here, techies and
nontechies, and they seem to like it, at least from a conceptual level.
Separating the hardcore presentation information from the semantic
information is quite nice.

The syntax may need some work - but to some level that's not as crucial
to us, as long as we can have whatever web authoring tool we're using
generate a style sheet whenever we need one from the current settings,
and as long as they're easy to edit by hand if necessary.

Important in the browser side would be caching of style sheets from document
to document, of course.

I wasn't sure if this was in the original proposal, but would there be
flexibility in where in the document certain styles are applied? It's
conceivable that a designer would want his/her <B> tag to be slightly
different at different places in the same document. Maybe using
the <a name=""></a> construct to nest the sheets further would be