[Fwd] W3C HTML/Stylesheets strategy is a sweet success!

Rohit Khare (khare@w3.org)
Fri, 30 Aug 1996 16:45:51 -0400 (EDT)

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Subject: W3C HTML/Stylesheets strategy is a sweet success!
Date: Thu, 29 Aug 1996 21:34:56 -0400

I read with great pride and joy the following excerpt from
c|net, one of the top technical press web sites.

Many thanks to all who made our HTML/Stylesheets strategy --
both technical and marketing communicatios -- so successful.

I hesitate to name names -- this is a team victory, and I'll
surely forget someone's invaluable contribution -- but I
think I will anyway:

Dave Raggett and Hakon Lie, for their dedication to the principles of
simplicity, platform independence, and clean design. Yves Lafon for
realizing Hakon's ideas in Arena. Bert and Chris for adding depth to
our technical expertise and joining the thankless battle.

And finally TimBL for keeping the vision--staying the course when so
many missed the point of stylesheets and dismissed HTML as incapable
of meeting the needs of the global community.

Here's hoping that our strategy to realize the potential of as a
participatory medium rather than another boob-tube using Amaya, HTTP
protocol improvements, Jigsaw, etc. will be similarly appreciated.



The World Wide Web Consortium, or W3C, has become the arbiter for
these extensions and has helped standardize HTML with the recent
release of the HTML 3.2 specification. The majority of these
proprietary extensions are in HTML 3.2, and both Netscape and
Microsoft have pledged to support the new standard.

Arguably the biggest leap forward in HTML since tables is the new
style-sheet specification. Currently supported only by IE 3.0, style
sheets give page designers greater control over font presentation and
spacing. Style sheets allow for effects--such as overlapping text and
watermarks--previously possible only by using a GIF or JPEG image of
the text.

<Picture: winner> Internet Explorer 3.0 Style sheets are the next big
thing in HTML, and only IE 3.0 has them. Netscape doesn't plan on
supporting them until