Dan Connolly (connolly@w3.org)
Fri, 25 Jun 1999 23:49:40 -0500

Gregory Alan Bolcer wrote:
>netscape will go one
>better [??] with JavaScript Style Sheets (JSS) [this project is dead as far
>as I can tell], a JavaScript-programmable superset of CSS, but not until
>Navigator 4.0."
-- http://xent.ics.uci.edu/FoRK-archive/jun99/0357.html

Oh no, it's very real. Turn off javascript in your NS4 browser
and notice that CSS stops working too.

I visited Netscape to talk to Lou about this... let's
see... Aug 1996, according to my records.

Back then, he represented Netscape in the HTML WG, and
there was a lot of shooting the messenger going on.
He said he hated those meeting so much it made him physically sick.

But one night, he had had a late night epiphany that CSS could be
implemented by translation to javascript internally.

To this day, I wonder whether it was wise to encourage him
to do that, or if *no* CSS support in NS4 would have been
better than the buggy support that was originally released,
driving a dagger nearly through the heart of CSS.

In case you're interested...

JavaScript-Based Style Sheets [JSSS]
Netscape Communications Corporation, 7 October 1996
W3C Contact: Dan Connolly

Dan Connolly, W3C