Re: Mein gott, Nelson was arguing for CSS

James Tauber (
Tue, 9 Nov 1999 19:18:16 -0500

> >
> > Embedded Markup Considered Harmful
> > Theodor Holm Nelson
> FWIW. I think parallel markup is a Good Thing
> (having done some work in the humanities).

At SGML/XML Asia Pacific 1998, I gave a presentation that responded to
Nelson's article. I argued that parallel markup is indeed a good thing but
largely for different reasons from those that Nelson argued. I then went on
to demonstrate how XPointer could be used to achieve the benefits of
parallel markup.

FWIW, the separation of presentation from structure/content predates both
CSS and Nelson's article by about a quarter of a century.