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Subject: Re: Formatting Objects considered harmful
From: Paul Prescod <paul@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 1999 13:08:42 -0500

Håkon Wium Lie wrote:
> James Clark wrote:
>  > With XSL you also always have the possibility of doing the right thing.
>  > Instead of sending the client a document that uses XSL FOs along with an
>  > XSL stylesheet that does the identity transform, you normally send the
>  > client a semantically meaningful XML document along with an XSL
>  > stylesheet that transforms that into XSL FOs.
> I agree this is a much better model. However, in order for it to
> produce good aural renderings it requires that each document comes
> with an XTL sheet able to transform it into aural formatting objects.
> That's unrealistic.

I think that this is the central argument. It isn't about abuse: it's
about making it easy for people to do the right thing. As I understand it,
not being sight impaired, properly-designed HTML can be easily processed
by software designed for the sight impaired. That means that instead of
developing x different "applications" -- one for the sighted, one for the
blind, one for the color blind, etc., you develop one "application"

In the XSL FO world, it seems that you need to specifically target each
disability because the FOs are not designed to degrade.

 Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself

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