Re: Style Sheets for HTML

Rob Raisch, The Internet Company (
Tue, 24 May 1994 08:11:57 -0700 (PDT)

<sigh> Yes, stylesheets are VERY VERY important to the future of the web
for publishing. Tools like Mosaic are only really useful to the
end-user. They support few of the requirements a publisher looks for in a
publishing platform.

Having talked to many, many publishers, I can tell you that they are
excited about tools like Mosaic until they resize the window -- thus
completely reformatting the document -- or until I show them how trivial it
is for the consumer to change the font.

Publishing, like many things, is the exercise of control over chaos --

editorial control over the chaos of the creator,

distribution control over the chaos of the marketplace and

presentational control over the chaos of the medium.

Presenting tools which rob the publisher of one third of their purpose is
no way to develop new media or build confidence in this new technology.


...for a full stylesheet specification for HTML.

(This is the www-talk archive, BTW)

This work was paid for by O'Reilly and Associates and is in the public

-- </rr> Rob Raisch, The Internet Company