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Subject: Re: template matching.. display the data
From: Marcus Carr <mrc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 1999 14:19:51 +1100

Sara Mitchell wrote:

> But I can see situations where a publisher might want to allow
> end-users some flexibility. For example, a site that publishes
> textbooks or journal articles, might allow users to highlight
> certain areas of the content with a background color of the
> user's
> choice. This would be for that specific user's view only --
> it doesn't affect the data or the base stylesheet -- but it is a
> user's stylesheet change (and in a real sense also a markup
> change).

Regardless of what the publisher wants/suggests/requires, there is no way of
preventing users from doing stupid things. Is a user going to accept blame for
corrupting a database by incorrectly interpreting elements? What if the structure
of the data changes at the source but the owner of the stylesheets on the client
side isn't made aware of the changes? Who's fault is it then?


Marcus Carr                      email:  mrc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Allette Systems (Australia)      www:    http://www.allette.com.au
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